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Why do contact lens wearers get more eye infections?
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Eye hygiene
Practice good eye hygiene.
Do not unnecessarily touch your eyes. Always wash your hands with soap when inserting or removing contacts. Clean your contacts with a product & a schedule recommended by the manufacturer & your doctor. Do not use them if damaged or dirty. Replace as recommended. Don't use them except as directed (e.g. Don't wear them overnight if not designed for that purpose).

In brief: Eye hygiene
Practice good eye hygiene.
Do not unnecessarily touch your eyes. Always wash your hands with soap when inserting or removing contacts. Clean your contacts with a product & a schedule recommended by the manufacturer & your doctor. Do not use them if damaged or dirty. Replace as recommended. Don't use them except as directed (e.g. Don't wear them overnight if not designed for that purpose).
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology
In brief: Yes
Yes , but not many more.
Contact lenses taken care of correctly still come with a risk of eye infection. Whenever you put a foreign object on the surface of the eye you place the eye at risk. Following appropriate disinfection regimes should allow you to wear contacts without any problem. If you get a red eye while wearing a contact lens-- take the lens out immediately and call your M.D.

In brief: Yes
Yes , but not many more.
Contact lenses taken care of correctly still come with a risk of eye infection. Whenever you put a foreign object on the surface of the eye you place the eye at risk. Following appropriate disinfection regimes should allow you to wear contacts without any problem. If you get a red eye while wearing a contact lens-- take the lens out immediately and call your M.D.
Dr. William Dieck
Dr. William Dieck
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