Monday, September 27, 2010

Wellness Tip

Take out your contact lenses before bed. Extended-wear lenses carry a greater risk of infection than daytime-only ones do.

If you wear contact lenses, give your eyes a rest by taking them out before you go to sleep. Keeping them in for long periods of time increases the risk of serious eye injury. According to a study in the Archives of Ophthalmology, one in 100 people who wear contacts will develop a serious eye infection over a 30-year period. A serious infection is defined as an infection involving the cornea of the eye that can result in loss of vision. The longer you’ve been wearing contact lenses, the greater your risk, say researchers. Single-use daily disposables are your best option for preventing infections. Other ways to reduce your risk: Wash your hands with soap and water before handling your lenses; replace your contact lens case every three to six months; and when cleaning your contacts, rub and rinse them, even if you’re using a no-rub solution.

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