Safety Tips Every Contact Lens Wearer Should Know

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Are you one of the 45 million people in the United States who wear contact lenses to correct your vision? Eye infections associated with the wear and inadequate care of contact lenses are serious and can cause lasting damage, but they can often be avoided. <img class="alignright wp-image-10359 size-full" src="" alt=" Six in seven adolescents aged 12 to 17 wear contact lenses • Do not visit an ophthalmologist at least once a year • Sleep or nap while wearing contact lenses • Swim Wearing contact lenses Teen parents can model and encourage healthy contact lenses wearing habits and care so that their children can develop and maintain healthy behaviors in adulthood or adulthood. "Width =" 398 "height =" 288 "/>

This year, observing the Contact Lens Health Week you can learn the science at the origin of some important recommendations on wear and tear and contact lens care:

Replace your contact lens case regularly.

A significant number of people who wear contact lenses report not replacing their lens case regularly. Even cleaned properly (rubbing and rinsing the case with a disinfectant solution), contact lenses can become contaminated over time by germs that can cause infections when they come in contact with your eyes.

Do not sleep or take a nap in your contact lenses.

Sleeping with contact lenses increases the risk of eye infection 6 to 8 times. Of 10,000 people who sleep in their contact lenses overnight, 18 to 20 each year will have an infection with microbial keratitis . This disease causes inflammation of the cornea (the transparent dome covering the colored part of the eye) which, in the worst cases, can result in permanent loss of vision or blindness.

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Do not swim or shower your contact lenses.

Germs found in water can adhere to contact lenses and infect your eyes. Wearing contact lenses may expose you to an increased risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis a severe type of eye infection caused by a free amoeba that is commonly found in the eye. water. These infections can be difficult to treat and extremely painful and, in the worst case, can cause blindness.

Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your contact lenses.

The germs in your hands can be transferred to your contact lenses and to the lens case. Some germs that cause eye infections are found in the water, so it is especially important that you dry your hands before touching your contact lenses. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them every time you put on and take off your contact lenses.

Visit your ophthalmologist every year.

<img class="alignright wp-image-10379" src="" alt=" Do not neglect the wear and care of contact lenses. "Width =" 300 "height =" 460 "/> Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of eye infections and complications If you wear contact lenses, it is important that you undergo an examination annual eye exams, as ophthalmologists sometimes advise their patients to have more frequent eye examinations.

The week of August 21-25, 2017 marks the fourth Contact Lens Health Week . This year's theme, "Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes", will promote healthy caring practices and wearing contact lenses.

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Dr. Jennifer Cope is a Medical Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Physician at the CDC of the Directorate of Waterborne Disease Prevention . Dr. Cope oversees the free ameba program and supports epidemiological, laboratory and communication activities related to free amoebic infections. She also works with the CDC program Healthy Contact Lens to raise awareness about eye infections related to contact lenses and healthy habits that can reduce the risk of eye infection.


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