How to Avoid Eye infections In Contact Lens Wearers
A study of contact lens-related eye infections in the United States has concluded that nearly 20% of cases were severe enough to result in lasting eye damage. Long-term complications included corneal scarring, reduction in vision, and in some cases even necessitated a corneal transplant. The study reviewed 1075 contact lens -related infections reported to the FDA between 2005 and 2015.
In more than 10% of cases, patients were forced to attend emergency departments or urgent care clinics for immediate care. Even when infections were minor and did not lead to lasting damage, they were often painful and disruptive – in some cases requiring daily visits to an ophthalmologist, or hourly administration of eyedrops to treat infection and reduce complications. In many cases, there was clear evidence that infection could have been prevented with more careful behaviour, such as not sleeping in contact lenses, and not being worn for longer than recommended.
Commenting on the report, the CDC (the main public health body in the United States) pointed out the need for contact lens wearers to take good care of their lenses to help prevent infection.
Top recommendations included:
- Do not sleep in contact lenses without first discussing this with your optometrist. Sleeping in contact lenses increases the chance of contact lens-related eye infections by 6 to 8 times.
- Always use fresh contact lens solution. Adding new solution to old solution already in your contact lens case can lower its ability to kill germs.
- Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your optometrist. People who do not replace their lenses often as recommended have more complications and more eye problems than those who follow replacement recommendations carefully
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