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Contact Lenses: Dangerous to Your Eyes! May Cause Blindness!

Updated on March 12, 2012
The cornea is a transparent membrane that covers the front of the eye!
The cornea is a transparent membrane that covers the front of the eye!

Contact Lenses Cause Corneal Ulcers!

The cases of corneal* ulcers has increased dramatically in the U.S. and that increase is due to a rise in the use of contact lenses.

Based on a study of one-million+ people in California, it was found that contact-lens wearers were more than nine times more likely to develop the condition than non-users.

Dr. David Gritz, Montefiore Medical Center in New York, blames the high incidence of corneal ulcers on the fact that people keep their contacts in their eyes for weeks, even a month without a break. This is dangerous!

Dr. Gritz, along with Dr. Bennie Jeng, University of California, San Francisco, conducted the study which was published in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

* Corneal ulcers are sores caused by bacteria or a virus when a tear in the tissue protecting the cornea occurs. It is painful and can cause blindness!

If you have an HIV infection, you are nine-times more likely to develop corneal ulcers then if you are HIV-negative.
If you have an HIV infection, you are nine-times more likely to develop corneal ulcers then if you are HIV-negative.

Specific Groups Prone to Corneal Ulcers!

* People who have an HIV infection had a nine-fold higher risk for developing corneal ulcers than those who were HIV-negative.

* Young women are also prone to the condition and develop it twice as often as men in the same age group. The doctors think this may be due to their increased desire to wear cosmetic contact lenses.

NOTE: Contact-lens wearers accounted for 12% of the participants in the study, however, they developed twice as many corneal ulcers.

For the safety of your eyes, you must be fitted for contact lenses by a healthcare professional.
For the safety of your eyes, you must be fitted for contact lenses by a healthcare professional.

Risk of Ordering Contact Lenses Via the Internet!

Dr. Gritz states that the ease of using disposable contacts and ordering via the Internet could be dangerous. As he states, "People need to get properly fitted for contact lenses, and seek follow-up care by an eye care professional... Contact lenses can even act as a bandage over eye irritation, covering up symptoms. So people need to listen to what their eyes are telling them, and always have a good pair of glasses available as an alternative."  

Young women who wear cosmetic contact lenses should have their eyes checked often for corneal ulcers.
Young women who wear cosmetic contact lenses should have their eyes checked often for corneal ulcers.

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

This is your eyes, for heaven's sake!!! Don't take chances. If you're one of those people who never removes their contact lenses, or rarely removes them--than change your habits! You are risking your vision!

If you have an HIV infection, pay special attention to your eyes and have them checked often for corneal ulcers!

If you are a young woman, who wears cosmetic contact lenses, have your eyes checked often, also!

Don't ever take chances with your eyes! Do everything you can to safeguard them!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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      Madam Aphrodite 5 years ago from USA

      Hi, you need to make an appointment with your optometrist and/or ophthalmologist for accurate information regarding your particular situation...

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      zainy 5 years ago

      my eyesight r very weak its abt -6.5 Can i wear daily wear lense

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      safana 6 years ago

      thankyou so much for the information!! :) now i'll be very carefull:)

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      Georzetta Ratcliffe 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very interesting.

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