04.03.2014

Daily disposable lenses "avoid amoeba infection"

Daily disposable lenses "avoid amoeba infection"

Research has shown that wearing daily disposable contact lenses is the most hygienic method of this kind of vision correction.

Scientists found that multi-use lenses attracted amoebas - possibly as a result of people swimming while wearing them or rinsing contacts in tap water rather than lens solution.

Manufacturers recommend that contact lenses intended to be worn over several days or weeks should be properly and hygienically cleaned using contact lens solution.

In addition, they should always be handled with clean hands. Infected multi-use lenses can be treated with an antibiotic to get rid of the amoeba.

Wearing daily disposable contact lenses means users can completely avoid the chances of being infected with Acanthamoeba, which can lead to painful eye infections and even blindness.

Symptoms include red eyes and eye pain after removing your contact lenses, as well as tearing, light sensitivity, blurred vision and a feeling that something is in your eye. If you experience these types of symptoms, you should always contact your eye doctor, however these symptoms are very similar to pink eye symptoms and those of other eye infections.

by Emily Tait


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