Contact lenses and eye infections

Those who usually wears contact lenses suffer from eye infections, but because it happens? An American study has recognized a possible cause.

Wearing contact lenses is a habit for some 65% of women and 35% of men, but tradition does not rhyme with good behavior, so are many who complain of eye conditions and eye infections. Why?

A study at New York University by a group of researchers from the Langone Medical Center analyzed the bacteria present on the eye than twenty people, of these nine daily use contact lenses and eleven do not.

contact-lenses-and-eye-infectionsFrom this observation, the researchers found that the eye of those who use contact lenses are bacterial strains some very similar and others quite identical to those that live on the skin of the eyelids. An unnatural condition that alters the micro environment of the eye, and undermines the immune response of the eye to outside bacteria.

This could be one of the reasons why the carriers of contact lenses have little or no eye infection suffered by a person wearing glasses. Because the research is complete, scientists need to understand what favors the presence of skin bacteria on corne to, if, that is, bacteria flourish at the contact lens in the act of wearing it and remove it, or whether it is a consequence of the slow pressure the eye.

How to use contact lenses

Waiting to know more details, remember how to use contact lenses and how to take care to prevent damage to the eyes, severe and irreversible.

We start from the first step: not everyone can wear contact lenses. It is a fact often overlooked or ignored. If you want to wear contact lenses, you should seek advice from your physician during eye examination. Some infections, disorders or diseases of the eye may be a barrier to the use of contact lenses, sometimes dry eye is a problem that you might face with very breathable contact lenses, artificial tears or the renunciation of lenses advantage of the glasses.

Based on the characteristics and the health of the eye, the ophthalmologist defines what is the most suitable type of contact lens: soft, rigid, semi-rigid, and even daily or monthly. Whatever the choice, it is necessary to respect the times, and, for example, to throw away the daily contact lenses but have been worn for a few hours.

Wash your hands before you wear contact lenses before removing them is essential to avoid bring on the eyes external bacteria and other elements responsible for eye infections.

A common mistake is to keep the contact lenses without washing them with the appropriate solution, or even wash them with running water: tap water contains some bacteria such as Pseudomonas, staphylococcus, streptococcus, candida and acantameba that, in the presence a corneal laceration, however small, could penetrate the eye and cause irreversible damage such as corneal keratitis.

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