CDC warns of harmful effects due to improper use of contact lenses
Federal health officials on Thursday warned the improper use of contact lenses can lead to serious eye infections and long-term damage.
Nearly one in five contact lens-related eye infections reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the last decade resulted in eye damage, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The report reviewed 1,075 reported contact lens-related infections between 2005 and 2015. The patients in those injuries said they either had a scarred cornea, needed a corneal transplant or suffered a reduction in vision. In more than 10 percent of the reports, patients sought emergency care, the CDC said.