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Why do contact lens wearers get more eye infections?

Why do contact lens wearers get more eye infections?

Contacts: When a contact lens is worn, the eye is not getting as much ocygen. This low oxygen state is a perfect incubator for certain bacteria, such as pseudomonas. The bacteria grow close to the eye and are much more likely to penetrate the eye and hence, cause infection. Do not sleep in your contact lenses, since this makes infection even more likely. ...Read more

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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Eye Infections (Definition)

Eye infection is a medical condition characterized by symptoms such as redness, swelling, itchiness, and discharge. It can be caused by viral or bacterial infection, and often it is difficult to distinguish between the two. In general, bacterial infections are more likely to be in both eyes and be associated with pus like discharge and crusting of the ...Read more


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Are eye infections common when wearing contact lenses? How can this be prevented?

Are eye infections common when wearing contact lenses? How can this be prevented?

Yes: Yes, especially if you sleep in your contacts. Always remove your contacts before going to sleep. Clean them everyday. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my contact lenses are causing an eye infection?

How can I tell if my contact lenses are causing an eye infection?

Pain and redness: Bacterial keratitis is a vison threatening infection. In the usa, contact lenses use is the number one risk factor. Loss of vision, permanently can occur in as few as 24 hours. Do not wait for the problem to get better, see your dr. In the last 5 years, some contact lens solutions made keratitis easy. They have been removed by fda http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1194028-overview. ...Read more

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If I wear contacts, how can I cure my eye infections?

If I wear contacts, how can I cure my eye infections?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics should clear up an eye infection. Because of the risk of scratching the cornea and introducing organisms that would infect the cornea, the contacts should be left out until the infection is gone. Then new lenses should be used to prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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Accidentally touch toilet water wif bare hands.Wash wif soap,30min later wash 2 times wif water.2hrs later wash wif soap,took off lens.Eye Infections?

Accidentally touch toilet water wif bare hands.Wash wif soap,30min later wash 2 times wif water.2hrs later wash wif soap,took off lens.Eye Infections?

Ok: I don't quite understand what you are asking. You've done a fine job of protecting yourself from getting the infection. If you have an eye infection then you need to see a doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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How common are eye infections from contacts?

How common are eye infections from contacts?

Uncommon: Contacts when worn according to directions rarely cause infection. The major mistake made is to not remove the lenses when the eye becomes red to any degree. When there is an infection with a contact, the eyes get very red and light sensitive and may also lose (temporarily) vision depending upon the location and degree of infection. See your ophthalmologist for treatment. ...Read more

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What are the common eye infections from contacts?

What are the common eye infections from contacts?

Infection with CTL: Infections associated with contact lenses are uncommon if proper hygiene is utilized. Bacterial infections are by far the most common though. Pseudomonas, staphylococcal species are the most common. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid eye infections from contacts?

What can I do to avoid eye infections from contacts?

Proper care: Take care of the lenses as instructed by your eye doctor. Don't wear them longer than what the lens is designed for. Store them properly . Don't share the lenses or storage case. Always wash your hands before you put in or take out your contacts. ...Read more

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I get eye infections cronically and do not have a eye disease and also awesome vision. I have been using pink eye relief drops also not working well.

I get eye infections cronically and do not have a eye disease and also awesome vision. I have been using pink eye relief drops also not working well.

Not bacterial : If using eye drops for infection and not getting better then it is not an infection. Please see your eye doctor for the appropriate treament. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Contact Lens Use (Definition)

A contact lens is a thin plastic or glass lens that is fitted over the colored part of the eye. It may be used for corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. ...Read more