Reusable contact lens users are more likely to develop rare eye infection: Study

reusable contact lens users are more likely to develop rare eye infection study

Sumary of Reusable contact lens users are more likely to develop rare eye infection: Study:

  • Lead author, Professor John Dart (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) said: In recent years we have seen an increase of Acanthamoeba keratitis in the UK and Europe, and while the infection is still rare, it is preventable and warrants a public health response.
  • The case-command study led by UCL and Moorfields researchers, published in Ophthalmology, identifies multiple factors that increase the risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), including reusing lenses or wearing them overnight or in the shower.
  • (Also read: Eye health tips: Dos and donts of contact lens ) AK is one type of microbial keratitis (corneal infection) – a condition that results in inflammation of the cornea (the eye clear protective outer layer).
  • For the study, the researchers recruited over 200 patients of Moorfields Eye Hospital who completed a survey, including 83 people with AK, and compared them with 122 participants who came to eyecare clinics with other conditions, who acted as a command group.

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