by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns in a new report that people who wear contact lenses and don’t care for them properly risk developing serious infections.
About 41 million Americans wear contact lenses, and people get so used to having them in their eyes, they either forget about them or don’t believe they’re at risk for injury and infection if they don’t use them as directed.
According to the CDC’s report, 1 in 5 lens-related eye infections reported to a federal database involved a patient who experienced eye damage.
Michael Beach, Ph.D., director of CDC’s Healthy Water Program, said in a statement:
“Contact lenses are a safe and effective form of vision correction when worn and cared for as recommended. However, improper wear and care of contact lenses can cause eye infections that sometimes lead to serious, long-term damage.”
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