New research has found that contact lenses may alter the natural bacterial environment in the eyes. The eye surface of the contact lens wearer has been shown to contain bacteria that are normally found on the skin surrounding the eye. The infection may be caused by the finger to lens interaction or the act of wearing the contact lenses.
The study lead author, Maria Dominguez-Bello, says that wearing contact lenses is known to increase the risk of microbial keratitis and other inflammatory eye conditions. Keratitis is a painful inflammation of the cornea that can be caused by poor hygiene. 40 to 90 percent of people using contact lenses will either fail to properly clean their lenses or fail to replace to them.
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