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Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses - New Educational Resource Offers Important Advice On Safe Wear And Care Of Contact Lenses
Date:9/5/2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Soft contact lenses are worn safely and comfortably by millions of people worldwide, and have a long history of providing wearers with a safe and effective form of vision correction when properly worn and cared for.  However, research shows that many contact lens wearers are significantly non-compliant in virtually all active steps involved in soft contact lens wear, including hand washing, case hygiene, lens disinfection, and following the recommended lens replacement schedule.

To help new and current contact lens wearers better understand how to safely wear and care for their contacts, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has developed a new educational resource, Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses, available at www.acuvue.com/press.

"A contact lens is a medical device and all contact lenses, even purely cosmetic ones, should be prescribed and properly fit by a licensed eye care professional," explains Sheila Hickson-Curran, BSc (Hons), MCOptom, FAAO, Director of Medical Affairs, VISTAKON® Division Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.  "By buying and wearing contact lenses without medical guidance and a valid prescription, you may put yourself at risk for serious, even blinding eye infections."

"Compliance during each step of contact lens wear and care has a well-documented impact on the rate of complications," according to Hickson-Curran, co-author of a study1 that surveyed frequent replacement contact lens wearers about their attitudes and behaviors regarding compliance with soft contact lenses. "By not following instructions on proper wear and care, contact lens wearers are more likely to experience discomfort and may put themselves at greater risk for infection or other serious complications, such as microbial keratitis," she notes.

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