The doctor may prescribe antibiotics and a bandage to prevent or treat eye infections.
A contact bandage is a contact lens for the eye available to treat injuries and abnormalities. A physician may prescribe a dressing contact as part of the patient’s care plan and the device may be left on for several days. In some cases, the doctor needs to remove the lens. This provides an opportunity for a follow-up exam to see if the patient’s eye is recovering well and to check for signs of a complication.
A contact bandage can be used during the healing process of a corneal dystrophy.
Silicone is a popular material for these types of contacts because it breathes well, is highly durable, and can resist colonization by infectious organisms. Contact will help the eye retain moisture and provide a layer of protection and isolation from the surrounding environment. The doctor may also prescribe analgesia and other medications, such as antibiotics, to treat or prevent infections, depending on the nature of the eye problem.
Some reasons a doctor may recommend dressing contact include difficult-to-heal surgical wounds, corneal erosions, keratitis, corneal dystrophies, and epithelial defects. Using this type of contact is much more comfortable than bandaging the eye to provide protection, and the healing result may be better. Breathable bandages promote faster, more uniform healing while preventing water loss so fabrics don’t dry out. Patients may take oral medications and some types of eye drops while using this type of contact, depending on an eye doctor’s recommendations.
After the doctor removes the dressing contact, patients may notice blurry and blurry vision for several days. This is especially common after surgery, where it can take several weeks for the eye to heal completely. The doctor will do a vision exam and may order a follow-up to make sure the patient’s vision is starting to get clearer. Patients who notice sudden changes in their vision or who begin to experience pain and discomfort should contact their doctors immediately. These symptoms can indicate complications.
When using this type of contact, you may need to take special precautions to protect your eyes. People who play sports, especially swimming, may want to check if they need additional eye protection, such as goggles or masks. Activities that strain the eyes, such as spending a lot of time in front of a computer, can also be a potential problem. Patients may need some time off work or accommodations to help them complete tasks at work, until their eyes have had a chance to heal.