Dr. Amy Lin talks about infections from contact lens misuse, the symptoms of eye infections and what you can do to keep your eyes healthy.">

Apr 24, 2017 — Sometimes sleeping with contact lens—or not cleaning them properly—can result in an eye infection. On this Health Minute, Ophthalmologist Dr. Amy Lin talks about infections from contact lens misuse, the symptoms of eye infections and what you can do to keep your eyes healthy.

Interview

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Interviewer: You know, contact lenses are great but they can also be dangerous. Ophthalmologist Dr. Amy Lin is from the Moran Eye Center. What do you tell your patients to watch out for?

Dr. Lin: My main concern with contact lens use is infections from misuse. The worst case scenario is you can actually lose your eyesight from a bad infection. The symptoms of an infection include redness, pain and blurry vision. Some common ways that people actually misuse their contact lenses are sleeping in their contact lenses, swimming or showering with your contact lenses in, not cleaning them properly.

You do need to change that solution every day and to change the contact lens case every three to six months. You also don't want to extend the use of a contact lens beyond what is recommended for your lenses. And if your eye hurts, don't put your contact lenses in. Go see your eye doctor about it and make sure there's no infection.

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