Contact lens infections can lead to blindness

Here's a reminder about how important it is take good care of your contact lenses. A new study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly a million people in the U.S. go to the doctor each year for keratitis--an infection of the cornea that can be caused by careless or improper use of contacts.  When caught early, keratitis is easily treatable; however, if it goes undetected, keratitis can lead to painful inflammation and even blindness.

The CDC estimates that all those doctor appointments result in roughly $175 million of direct health care costs.

Experts point out that contact lens wearers are more prone to eye infections. The best way to prevent infections is good hygiene and care, such as washing hands before touching contacts, cleaning them thoroughly, and storing them properly.

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