Contact Lenses and Eye Infections

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(KTVI) – Eye infections from your contact lenses are something that can be avoided. All you need to do is take proper care of them and your eyes.   Saint Louis University ophthalmologist Dr. Sean Edelstein tells  us what we can do to prevent infection.

Here are some of the tips:
Play it safe and cut out these common shortcuts:

Tap water: Never use tap water in place of your contact solution.

Tap water can harbor microorganisms that can cause eye infections.

Tapping off: Always start with fresh contact solution. Don`t reuse solution and ‘tap off’ by adding more.

Poor hygiene: Keep your contact case clean and follow lens cleaning and handling instructions.   

Ignoring the schedule: Don`t leave contacts in longer than instructed.

Follow the designated schedule for your particular type of lenses and remove them when recommended. It`s a bad idea to push your luck with overnight and extended wear contacts.

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