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June/July 2005

Keep Away That Bad Bacteria

by Dr. Tom Smith

Microbial keratitis is a dangerous condition associated with the improper use of contact lenses.  This bacterial form can cause extreme pain and even loss of sight if not treated.  About four cases for every 10,000 daily contact wearers suffer from this illness. Although the amount of individuals having keratitis has decreased considerably along with increased knowledge on lens care and improved products, a large number of patients still do not follow the necessary steps that will prevent any problems.   

  • Recommendations from eye-care professionals include:
  • Do not top off storage solutions in the case
  • Empty the lens case after removing the contacts and rinse either with fresh solution or hot water.
  • Leave the lens case open, allowing it to air dry during the day.
  • Scald the case with freshly boiled water once a week.
  • Replace the case often.
  • Keep fingers out of the eye, so lenses do not come in contact with foreign substances.
  • Only use the proper solution on the contacts; not water or saliva.

Regular lens care is necessary.  Once the bacteria form, they become persistent and can easily infect the storage solutions and case.  Some care products offer a new storage case with each new bottle of solution.  Many eye care specialists recommend using these products.

Dr. Tom Smith
592 N. Main St.
McKenzie, TN 38201
or toll free 1-877-710-2020


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