Contact Lens related red eye
Contact lens related complications can result in a red eye.
Contact lens related red eyes can be due to accidental corneal abrasions and damage, but also due to potential potentially site threatening eye infections (Microbial Keratitis), which can result in corneal ulceration and potential sight loss. This is an ocular emergency.
Other causes can include:
- Poor contact lens fitting
- Dry eyes
- Inflammation and allergy
If you develop a sore painful red eye which persists for over 24 hours, it is important to remove but not discard your lens, seek urgent clinical help and advice. It would be sensible to bring your contact lens along to the consultation.
Persistent pain, redness or changes in vision which are contact lens related, usually warrant an urgent review.