How to treat blood vessels growing into my cornea?
I was told by my eye doctor that blood vessels are growing into my cornea because of my contact lenses. Because of this news, I have been wearing my glasses almost every day. I wear my contacts once or twice every two weeks at the most. But, it seems like it is getting worse, or at least not helping. I'm afraid because I heard that blood vessels growing into the cornea, if left untreated, can effect one's vision. How can I treat the blood vessels growing into my cornea?
It is a question for your eye doctor. You say 'my eye doctor' told me -- surely, at that time, he recommended some action? Did he tell you to wear your glasses rather than contacts? - and for how long? Is your doc an opthalmologist? Go back to see him soon - next week - and ask him how to treat the problem. I'm sure you are concerned about the problem, as evidenced by your question. Best luck to you.
Abnormal ingrowth of blood vessels in the cornea, especially at the edges of the cornea (corneal neovascularization) is often due to corneal hypoxia (wearing contact lenses that do not have a high permeability to oxygen).It is a common sign associated with soft contact lens wear. The cornea, which normally has no blood vessels, derives its oxygen directly from air and not from the bloodstream. Contact lenses reduce the cornea's ability to derive oxygen. The cornea responds chronic oxygen deprivation (which can occur during extensive contact lens wear) by growing new, abnormal blood vessels.
Sometimes by changing the type of contact lens material or your waering schedule the new blood vessel growth can be reversed. More often you may simply need to stop wearing your lenses completely. If the presence of this new blood vessel growth prevents you from wearing contact lenses and you do not want to return to wearing eyeglasses, LASIK may be an option instead of eyeglasses or contact lenses for you. You may want to consider LASIK Eye Surgery or another another type of Laser Eye Surgery by having a LASIK consultation with a competent LASIK surgeon in your area who is also familiar with contact lens problems.