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How can I prevent eye infections?

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Lower your risk of an eye infection by following these guidelines:

  • Don't reuse or "top off" cleaning solution. Use fresh solution every day.
  • Keep your lens case clean. Replace it every couple of months.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before you handle your contacts.
  • Take out your lenses, even extended-wear ones, before you go to sleep.
  • Don't wear your contacts in the shower, bath, or hot tub. Take them out before you go swimming.
  • Read the labels and follow directions on your lenses and contact cleaning solution.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Conjunctivitis," "Avoid These Eye Infections from Bad Contact Lens Habits."

FDA: "Contact Lens Risks."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Allergies of the Eye."

CDC: "Staphylococcus aureus in Healthcare Settings," "Fungal Eye Infection Statistics," "Treatment for Fungal Eye Infections."

American Optometric Association: "Conjunctivitis," "Bacterial Eye Infection Treatment," "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "What is Fungal Keratitis?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Keratitis (Corneal Ulcers)."

All About Vision: "Acanthamoeba Keratitis: What Contact Lens Wearers Need To Know."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 06, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Conjunctivitis," "Avoid These Eye Infections from Bad Contact Lens Habits."

FDA: "Contact Lens Risks."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Allergies of the Eye."

CDC: "Staphylococcus aureus in Healthcare Settings," "Fungal Eye Infection Statistics," "Treatment for Fungal Eye Infections."

American Optometric Association: "Conjunctivitis," "Bacterial Eye Infection Treatment," "Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections," "What Is Bacterial Keratitis?" "What is Fungal Keratitis?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Keratitis (Corneal Ulcers)."

All About Vision: "Acanthamoeba Keratitis: What Contact Lens Wearers Need To Know."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 06, 2019

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