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Dr. Bo Huang, UMMC associate professor of ophthalmology and director of cornea service, specializes in cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. As part of national Contact Lens Health Week, Huang provides good information to contact lens wearers on how to keep their eyes healthy.
Approximately 10 percent of Americans wear contact lenses – but not all give them the care that they need.
During the contact lens fitting examination, your ophthalmologist will give instructions about how to care for the lenses properly and recommend solutions to be used. Maintaining good contact lens hygiene will significantly decrease the risk of eye infection.
The main points contact lens wearers should remember:
There are a number of complications associated with contact lens wear. One of the most avoidable complications arises when people sleep with their lenses in their eyes. There is a significantly higher incidence of severe corneal infection in wearers who sleep in contact lenses compared with those who only use lenses during the waking hours.
In addition to infections, there are other problems to watch for in contact wearers. Red eye, which can result from lens wear, has a variety of origins, including an improper fit, lens deposits, damaged lenses, oxygen deficiency, an allergic reaction to lens care solution ingredients, ocular allergy and dry eye.
The best way to prevent infection is the proper use of contact lens solutions. Some patients do not clean their lenses sufficiently at night before placing them in the cases. Or, they reuse or add to the solution remaining in the lens case, which should be a fresh solution every day.
To make a doctor’s appointment with University Physicians’ Department of Ophthalmology, call (601) 984-5016.
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