From Baptist Health South Florida
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More than 45 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. For the most part, they are convenient and easy-to-use during work or play.
While contacts are a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free —especially if they are not cared for properly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, which has designated Aug. 19-23, 2019 as Contact Lens Health Week.
“Contact lenses are medical devices, and failure to wear, clean, and store them as directed can increase the risk of eye infections,” the CDC states.
Eye infections caused by improper wearing or caring of contacts can be serious.
“We see a lot of contact lens problems,” says Mark Feldman, M.D., an ophthalmologist with the Baptist Eye Surgery Center at Sunrise. “In our practice, we see about 150 contact lens infections a year of the cornea. These are very serious infections that can lead to the loss of vision in the affected eye.”
Here’s what contact lens wearers need to know, according to the CDC.
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