New research suggests reusable contact lenses increase the risk of eye infection

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Published: 29 Sep 2022

Simple changes to contact lens use could prevent many cases of sight-threatening eye infections, according to a new study published in Ophthalmology.

The study, led by researchers at UNSW Sydney, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital, found that people who wear reusable contact lenses are nearly four times as likely to develop a rare sight-threatening eye infection compared to those who wear daily disposable contact lenses. 

Reusing lenses or wearing them overnight or in the shower are among the multiple factors that increase the risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Want to learn more? Read the full article on UNSW Newsroom. 

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