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How is ocular inflammation treated for contact lens wearers?

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Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated by removing the irritant, often the contact lens itself, and either using compresses and artificial tears or else antihistamines or similar medications to treat the reaction, as noted by the American Optometric Association. Other forms of conjunctival inflammation can occur and are treated differently.

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Conjunctivitis is a common form of inflammation of the eye. It produces discharge and can cause discomfort in the afflicted party. It can also interfere with contact lenses.

For cases of mild inflammation, removal of contact lenses and the application of cold compresses or artificial saline tears can help to soothe irritated eyes. This process is inexpensive, unintrusive and very easy to perform alone and without assistance. In most cases, it suffices to control reactions and to keep eyes healthy.

When reactions to irritants prove severe, certain medications and antihistamines can help to lessen the severity of those reactions. These treatments do not incorporate steroids but may make use of antibiotics and other measures.

If the inflammation proves persistent or chronic, topical steroids in the form of eye drops are a strong last line of defense. They can combat infections which cause inflammation and can help the body build up resistance to those same reactions in future.

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