Are your contact lens wearing habits putting you at risk for vision loss or infection? \

Are your contact lens wearing habits putting you at risk for vision loss or infection?

Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a protozoan infection associated with contact lens wear, particularly unhygienic storage and cleaning of contact lenses. The microscopic organism commonly exists in soil and dust, lakes, rivers, hot springs and hot tubs.

Risk Factors
According to the CDC, multiple contact lens hygiene practices are associated with increased risk for infection, including:
• Topping-off contact lens solutions in case
• Recent contact lens extended wear
• Storing contact lenses in water
• Handling contact lenses with wet hands

High-risk behavior includes:
• Showering while wearing lenses more than five times a month
• Reusing solution
• Failing to rub lenses at least 10 times per month
• Failing to replace lens storage cases every three months

Good Contact lenses habits include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and dry them before handling your lenses.
  • Allow you contact lens case to air dry after insertion
  • Follow the optometrist recommended wearing and replacement schedule.
  • If you must wear your contact lenses while swimming or other water related sports, wear goggles and use a daily disposable (one day use only) contact lens

For more information visit the CDC webpage for contact lens information and please watch the video provided by the FDA for proper contact lenses habits or visit your local vision experts at Prairie EyeCare Center in Broken Bow.


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