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70% of Contact Lens Cases are Contaminated and Nearly 1 in 4 are Never Replaced - a Serious Problem Eye Doctors Want Fixed, WatchDog Group Reports
Date:4/10/2009

New Contact Lens and Case Timer Solves Widespread Problem

ST. LOUIS, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- There are over 38 million contact lens wearers in the U.S. and children are the fastest growing segment. The contact lens industry is enjoying great success, but there is danger growing under those lenses.

Danger in the form of hard to pronounce words like fusarium keratitis and acanthamoeba keratitis. These are nasty words that are causing eye health complications from minor eye infections to blindness. Thousands of patients will visit their doctors today, unnecessarily.

And the culprit? Up to 80% of all complications are traced back to poor patient compliance. More often than not, contact lens problems are simply caused by their owners' lack of awareness of proper care techniques. Most contact lens wearers simply don't know the basic rules. Basic rules like throwing away lens cases frequently. A frightening reality when the end result can cause blindness.

Frightening statistics

Contact lens cases need to be replaced at least every 3 months and monthly replacement is strongly recommended. Lens cases are hotbeds for dangerous bacteria and fungi. Yet over 70% of cases are contaminated from overuse and 23% (nearly 1 in 4) of all contact lens wearers never replace their lens case. Never! Also, over 60% of contact lenses are worn past their expiration date - a recipe for disaster.

These are unacceptable statistics. Contact lenses and lens cases are medical devices not fashion accessories, yet most patients get the impression that contact lenses are non-prescriptive and lens care is irrelevant.

The chair of the American Optometric Association, Paul Klein, O.D., recently wrote to the 36,000 professional members of the AOA:

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