CDC Reports Over 1 Million Cases of Contact Lens Related Infections Yearly

March 9, 2015

The CDC report released in November od 2014, states that keratitis and conditions caused by contact lens wear are responsible for an estimated 930,000 doctor's office and outpatient clinic visits and 58,000 emergency department visits each year.  Many of these eye problems are due to poor contact lens hygiene.  Patients who were contact lenses overnight are 20 times more likely to get keratitis and other contact lens related eye infections incuding potentially sight threatening corneal ulcers.


"The CDC report on the risks associated with contact lenses illustrates the importance of providing a safe alternative for our patients struggling with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism," Dr. Durrie states. Over the years, Durrie Vision has led or contributed to research that has significantly advanced the field of laser vision correction. Recently, Durrie Vision assisted in a comprehensive study conducted by the Federal Drug Administration as part of the LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project (LQOLCP). Dr. Durrie reports, "Results from the FDA study confirm LASIK is both a safe and effective treatment for common vision errors." While the study revealed overwhelmingly positive outcomes, not everyone is a candidate for laser vision correction procedures. For those patients or for those who prefer to wear contact lenses, the following preventative measures are recommended by the CDC:

  • Wash hands with soap and water. Dry hands well with a clean cloth before touching contact lenses each time they are inserted or removed.

  • Don't sleep in contact lenses unless prescribed to do so by an eye care provider.

  • Keep water away from contact lenses. Avoid showering while wearing contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming.

  • Rub and rinse contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution, never water or saliva, to clean them each time they are removed.

  • Never store contact lenses in water.

  • Replace contact lenses as often as recommended by an eye care provider.

  • Rub and rinse contact lens case with contact lens solution, never water, and then empty and dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.

  • Replace contact lens case at least once every 3 months.

  • Don't "top off" solution. Use only fresh contact lens solution in the case. Never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.

  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by an eye care provider.




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