Handwashing and Contacts

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Only 5% of people wash their hands properly according to a study published in 2013 involving over 3,700 people. Even worse, up to 50% of contact lens wearers outright disregard or do not properly wash their hands when they handle contacts DESPITE instruction by their eye doctor according to a 2018 clinical study. Poor hand hygiene is a risk factor for eye infections and inflammation according to studies published in 2008, 2009 and 2017. Regular, proper handwashing protects against bacterial infection of the eyes for contact lens wearers.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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