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The following tips can help you keep your contacts clean and
safe, which will help keep your eyes healthy and your vision as clear as
To avoid eye problems, be sure to follow the directions for cleaning and wearing
contact lenses. Contact lens wearers have an increased
risk for serious eye infections and injury to the
cornea. Contact lenses can cause eye problems, such as
damage to the cornea or eye infections. Small objects that get into the eye may
become trapped under a lens and scratch the cornea. Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) or other minor eye infections are
likely to irritate your eyes and make wearing contacts uncomfortable and
Symptoms of possible problems with contacts
include redness, pain or burning in the eye, drainage, blurred vision, or
sensitivity to light (photophobia).
If you are having problems, remove your lenses and disinfect them. If you have symptoms
longer than 2 to 3 hours after removing and cleaning your contacts,
call your eye doctor.
The American Optometric Association (AOA), which is a
national organization of optometrists, can provide information on eye health
and eye problems.
EyeCare America is a public service program of the
Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This site aims to raise awareness about
eye diseases and eye care. It has information about eye conditions, treatments, and general eye health. You can check to see if you qualify for a free eye exam.
This website has up-to-date information about contact lenses. It has information about the different types of
lenses, contact lens solutions and products, and everyday eye
October 16, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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