Poor Eye Care Blamed For Increase Of Infections That May Cause Blindness

October 1, 2018

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Your eyes are a window into your soul, so the saying goes. But for something so important as sight, we spend little time taking care of our eyes, especially those who wear contact lenses.  Researchers warned there had been a threefold increase in the number of cases of a rare eye infection, caused by contaminated water that can cause blindness since 2011. Although the disease can also affect those without contacts, researchers found that the risk is higher for contact lens wearers who don't wash and dry their hands before handling lenses and for those who use ineffective contact lens solution. However this new research underlines the fact that our eye health is not down to luck, there's in fact plenty we can do protect our vision and keep our eyes healthy, regardless if you wear contacts or not. For instance, use googles when swimming. The water in pools, rivers, the ocean, or even the shower can leave your eyes vulnerable to bacterial infection. Mascara can harbor bacteria which can cause infections leading to redness, light sensitivity and irritation and, in rare cases, even blindness. So as much as you may want to hold on to that pricey bottle of mascara, once it starts to get clumpy, it's time to say goodbye. Liquid liner and mascara have a shelf life of around three months once opened. Make sure to wear sunglasses, even on cloudy days. 80% of UV radiation can penetrate clouds. Make sure to wear sunglasses that are marked with UV 400, which blocks all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers. (This covers all of UVA and UVB rays.). Be careful of that ceiling fan, as they can spread dust to irritate your eyes. Thoroughly dust bedroom surfaces, including the fan blades and keep a bottle of saline solution handy to remove any impurities from your eyes. Finally get your eyes checked by a doctor at least every two years and annually for those with prescription lenses. Not only is it effective in making your vision is accurate, an eye test can turn up health problems like diabetes, glaucoma and high blood pressure, all of which can lead to serious eye problems and even blindness if left unchecked.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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