Give Your Eyes a Break, Especially When You Use Contacts

Your mother always tells you to wash your hands after you go to the washroom and there’s a reason for that. She’s not just nagging–she’s preventing you from spreading a disease to others and other parts of your body. Your eyes, for example, are very sensitive to bacteria. Even something as insignificant as rubbing your eyes can transmit bacteria from your hands to your eyes.

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The NYU Langone Medical Center did a small study where they swabbed the eyes of 20 people, 9 who wore contacts and 11 who didn’t in order to examine what types of bacteria their eyes were exposed to. They confirmed that people who wear contacts have different types of bacteria than those who don’t. Those that wear contacts have a higher number of bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Acinetobacter, Methylobacterium, and Pseudomonas, which are commonly linked to corneal ulcers. The fact is that the number of corneal ulcers has increased since they started using soft contact lenses back in the 70’s.

 

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