Lens warning from experts: It increases the risk of infection by four times
Scientists focused on the effects of lenses suitable for long-term use with daily lenses on eye health.
Scientists compared contact lenses developed as an alternative to glasses against vision impairment and examined their effects on eye health.
Scientists at London College University and Moorfields Eye Hospital announced that lenses that provide long-term use should be removed while taking a shower or swimming. Scientists announced that such lenses increase the risk of infection in the eye.
Researchers examined the effects of long-term and continuous use of daily lenses on eye health. As a result of studies, it was stated that the risk of eye infection that will affect vision in long-term lens wearers is four times higher than in the models used.
It has been stated that these lenses can cause corneal infection that causes inflammation in the eye, while it has been announced that this disease called Acanthamoeba keratitis can cause problems such as visual impairment, blindness or corneal transplantation.
Professor John Dart, who led the research, said: "In recent years we have seen the spread of this disease in the UK and Europe. This infection is still very rare, but this risk can be eliminated by taking the necessary precautions.
Dart said, “Lenses are generally safe, but there is a risk of infection in some cases. It is known that 300 million people wear contact lenses around the world, so it is important to inform people to prevent the risk of disease and transmission.
In the study, scientists announced that the risk of getting sick is about 4 times higher in those who use lenses, also known as “monthly lenses”. In a study published in the journal Ophthalmology, bathing with such lenses increases the risk of getting sick 3.3 times, while sleeping with these lenses at night increases it 3.9 times.