Magazine article USA TODAY

Almost All Wearers Promote Infection

Magazine article USA TODAY

Almost All Wearers Promote Infection

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Almost all of the 41,000,000 estimated contact lens wearers in the U.S. may be engaging in at least one behavior known to increase their risk of eye infections, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga. Nearly one-third of contact lens wearers who participated in a national survey went to the doctor for red or painful eyes related to wearing contact lenses.

More than 99% of survey respondents reported at least one risky behavior. The majority of wearers keep their contact lens cases for longer than recommended (82.3%); "topping off" solution in the case--adding new solution to the existing solution instead of emptying the case out fully before adding new solution (55.1%); or wearing their lenses while sleeping (50.2%).

Each of these behaviors has been cited in previous studies to raise the risk of eye infections by five times or more. …

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