“People who wear contact lenses over night are more than 20 times more likely to get Keratitis,” said Jennifer Cope a medical epidemiologist at the CDC. “Wearing contacts and not taking care of them properly is the single biggest risk factor for Keratitis.”
Keratitis is an eye infection of the cornea that … causes infection, pain, inflammation, scarring of the cornea and yes, it can lead to blindness.
And as I point out to about 2-3 contact-lens wearers per month in my Urgent Care, this can happen EVEN if your contact lenses are “designed to be left in overnight”!!
Some lenses are approved for continuous, overnight [“extended”] wear, but even those should be removed whenever possible for cleaning and to let the eyes rest.
This article concludes with tips on better contact-lens habits from the CDC:
Wash hands with soap and water and dry well before touching contact lenses
Take contacts out before bed, showering or swimming
Rub and rinse contacts in disinfecting solution each time you remove them
Rub and rinse the case with contact lens solution, dry with a clean tissue and store upside down with the caps off after each use
Replace contact lens cases at least once every three months
Do not “top off” solution in lens case
Carry a backup pair of glasses in case contact lenses have to be taken out
Here’s to healthier contact lens use during Contact Lens Health Week, November 17-24, 2014!
Oh, and I’ll be re-posting my very own Worst Contact Lens-related story soon, so… keep your eyes peeled!*
**no really you’ll understand my apology when you see that post.***
***yes those of you who have read my blog for a few years will already know which story I’m referring to.
The device is basically a contact lense with a tiny telescope attached. The Swiss researchers tweaked a contact lens, only 1.55 millimeters thick, by placing a telescope made of mirrors and
filters within it. These modifications increase the lens’ reflective
powers and precisely mirrors light to enlarge images. This could change so many lives.