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How To Prevent Corneal Ulcers For Contact Wearers
Many choose to enjoy the benefits of wearing contact lenses for vision correction. There are also many who stretch the recommended life and usage of their contact lenses. That can lead to increased risks of, potentially, damaging complications.
One of the most common problems with contact wearers are corneal ulcers. Corneal ulcers are open sores on the outer layer of the cornea.
The FDA has offered some tips to reduce the chance of infection:
- Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
- Clean and disinfect your lenses properly according to the labeling instructions.
- Do not "top-off" the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the left over contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
- Do not expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake or ocean water. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water or any homemade saline solution). Tap and distilled water have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a corneal infection that is resistant to treatment and cure.
- Remove your contact lenses before swimming. There is a risk of eye infection from bacteria in swimming pool water, hot tubs, lakes and the ocean
- Replace your contact lens storage case every 3 months.
More FDA tips and information can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/ConsumerProducts/ContactLenses/ucm062589.htm
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 written by Gordy EyeCare Team
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