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CDC: Contact Lens Wearers are Taking Chances with Their Eyes

2015-08-21 14_26_32-find contact lenses - Google SearchNearly all of the 41 million Americans who use contact lenses admit they engage in at least one type of risky behavior that can lead to eye infections, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Thursday.

“Good vision contributes to overall well-being and independence for people of all ages, so it’s important not to cut corners on healthy contact lens wear and care,” Dr. Jennifer Cope, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC, said in an agency news release. “We are finding that many wearers are unclear about how to properly wear and care for contact lenses,” Cope said.

Four-fifths admitted keeping their contact lens cases for longer than recommended, and more than half said they add new solution to the existing solution instead of emptying the contact lens case first. About half reported wearing their contact lenses while sleeping.

Each of these behaviors boosts the risk of eye infections by five times or more – CDC

Each of these behaviors boosts the risk of eye infections by five times or more, according to the CDC. The study was published in the Aug. 21 issue of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The CDC outlined the following ways contact lens wearers can reduce their risk of eye infections:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them before touching contact lenses.
  • Remove contacts before sleeping, showering or swimming.
  • Rub and rinse contacts in disinfecting solutions each time you remove them.
  • After each use, rub and rinse the contact lens case with solution, dry the case with a clean tissue and store it upside down with the caps off.
  • Don’t add fresh solution to old solution.
  • Replace contact lens cases at least once every three months, and carry a pair of backup glasses in case you have to remove your contact lenses.
 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Tips

 

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New Sub-lingual Ragwitek medicine therapy started for 2015 season

I’ve started using the daily Ragweed therapy that you put under your tongue, called Ragwitek.  The medicine is powerful – my tougue and gums near the site I put it swelled up and such for the first week or so, then things settled down.

All’s well with the eyes – and I’m hoping that this year’s Ragweed season will be easier on me also.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Allergies and DALK Transplant – 2014 Season

Well, I’m following in my Dad’s footsteps and my ragweed allergy has increase a lot since last year. Luckily this year it has been mostly nasal, coughing, throat irritation and not as much on the eyes. Still, I’ve played it safe and wore glasses through the worst of it. I’m using pollen.com’s app to monitor as it seems much more accurate than Zyrtec’s app or weather.com.

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After first frost, I’m going to get immunotherapy treatments. Hoping it will be tablets or under-the-tongue type, but will need to get tested. I’m waiting because it requires that you have 5-7 days free from antihistamines, and right now, that’s a non-starter. After first frost, ragweed pollen will plummet.

I’ve become more formalized in my contact lens swaps… using my phone appointments reminder to time them and track notes about how they feel at several phases.

Otherwise… eyes are great!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Diary Entries

 

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Kindle Paperwhite for Limited Vision Persons

I’ve received several notes asking how things are going. All is well! Eye and vision are fine, but I’m having to use readers more often for small text.

I recently got a Kindle paperwhite…and I’d highly recommend that for Keratoconus patients! You can zoom up on most content and the contrast is amazing. The battery lasts forever and the choices of books is huge.  I wish I’d had this when my Karatoconus was really bad.

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You can get yours here.

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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Diary Entries, Tips

 

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My DALK graft checkup – Corrected to 20/15 and Next Appt in 1-year

I just visited Dr. Holland again for a checkup.  I had a topography taken and the staff found that I was correctable to 20/15… yes… 15.   Dr. Holland said that cases like mine put to rest that vision cannot be as sharp for DALK patients.   I wore my glasses to this appointment, and corrected to 20/20 with those.

My graft is quiet and my eye pressure and corneal thickness are fine.  Dr. Holland reminded me of what to look for – light sensitivity and redness in the left eye only.  I watch it like a hawk.  He said I’m out of the major rejection period, but to always assume rejection when symptoms emerge “until proven otherwise.”

I’m to keep using Restasis 2x per day (indefinitely) … I learn a bit more each visit about how beneficial these drops are to preventing rejection.  Expensive but worth it, and better than steroids for someone like me who responds to them with increased eye pressure.

No more appointments for 1 year unless needed.

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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Diary Entries, Dr. Visits, Recovery

 

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A Mild Corneal Abrasion Caused By Trying New Contacts

fluorescein eye exam - Google Search - Google Chrome_2013-12-10_13-30-40Well the question as to whether my grafted cornea has fully regrown its nerves has been answered with a resounding “YES”

I have been hoping to make the transition to “regular” contacts and so have been testing a series provided to me by my fitter.  Two of the types of lenses were “too tight” meaning that they did not move around the eye enough and were difficult to get out.

It seems that during one of the tests, where the lens was sticking in one place through the day, I caused an microscopic abrasion on my cornea.  I had started feeling a persistent burning/lash sensation on my graft and, being a hyper-vigilant paranoid patient, went in to see Dr. Koffler.  He applied florescence and at first didn’t see anything. But after a few moments he found a minor abrasion in the middle of the grafted cornea and concluded this was the source of my discomfort. The graft looked fine, by the way.

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I took a break from the lenses, applied Muro 128 and have settled back into using the “custom” 3-month lenses I was originally using, but with an updated prescription.

Everything is fine now as we move into the holidays.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Diary Entries

 

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3-D Movies after Corneal Transplant

With Keratoconus in my left eye, I had pseudo-3d vision.  My right eye was doing the lions share of sharp vision, while my left eye was trying hard to give a blurry depth to it all.  But for the most part, I was monocular.

When my wife, kids and I had popped in to a “Bug’s Life in 3D” movie at Disney around 10 years ago, I could not see the effects.  I had since looked at a 3d movie or two on TV and still, nothing.

GRAVITY

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But since my surgery, I’m fully binocular.  So my wife and I decided to go see “Gravity” in 3D last night.  You might say it’s the first 3D movie I’ve seen since, well, ever.  It was a lot of fun to wear the glasses and see the various objects spinning outside the screen.  The movie was pretty good (I got hung up on how Sandra Bullocks’ escape pod was pointing in the right direction when she fired the thrusters and other physics problems) and I enjoyed the evening with my wife.

I look forward to seeing the new Hobbit movie or other 3d movies soon.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Little Things That are Better

 

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