Contact Lens Related Microbial Keratitis Infection On The Rise in the U.S.

November 14, 2014 5:24 AM

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Contact Lens Related Microbial Keratitis Infection On The Rise in the U.S.

An eye infection called keratitis is on the rise in America. It is related to contact lens use. The CDC states, “Among the estimated 38 million contact lens wearers in the United States, poor storage case hygiene, infrequent storage case replacement, and overnight lens wear are established preventable risk factors for microbial keratitis, contact lens-related inflammation, and other eye complications.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes microbial keratitis as an infection of the cornea which might be caused by bacteria, amoebae, viruses, or fungi. The infection can cause pain and can result in inflammation which then can lead to vision loss and even blindness in the most seve...

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