Do you ALWAYS wash your hands before putting on and removing your lenses? Yes? Yes? We sure hope so.
New research from the NYU Langone Medical Center has found that people who wear contact lenses have more different types of bacteria in their eyes than non-users. (Because you ~poke~ your eye every day)
Researchers examined the eyes of 20 people—9 contacts users and 11 non-contacts users—and discovered that those who used contacts had a higher number of Lactobacillus, Acinetobacter, Methylobacterium, and Pseudomonas. Pseudonomas is the bacteria most commonly linked to eye ulcers, btdubs!
“There has been an increase in the prevalence of corneal ulcers following the introduction of soft contact lenses in the 1970s,” said co-author Jack Dodick, MD, in a press release. “Because the offending organisms seem to emanate from the skin, greater attention should be directed to eyelid and hand hygiene.”
To reduce the risk of developing eye infections, always wash your hands before touching your eyes. Rinsing your lenses before putting them on and storing them also won’t hurt, even if your solution claims that they’re “no rub.”
You might also want to consider switching to daily disposable lenses to control the amount of bacteria you get in your eye. Finally, don’t forget to give your eyes a rest and switch to your glasses as much as possible. It’s for your own good, really.
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