FEB 29, 2016 1:38 PM PST

Are you cleaning your contacts wrong?

WRITTEN BY: Kara Marker

Millions of Americans wear contact lenses to improve their vision, but a large majority of them also commit a contact faux pas on a regular basis. For example, if you run out of contact solution, using water instead is not a safe substitution for the time being. No matter where you are, water is always going to have some bacteria in it. These microbes are safe for your stomach, not so much for your eyes.

Scientists recommend using new solution in completely-dried contact cases every night. Keeping your contacts clean and germ-free will prevent infections, where in the worst case could end up in blindness. Contacts impair the eye's immune response, and scientists don't know why. Therefore, it's important to keep your eyes as clean as possible to avoid infection.
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Master's (MA/MS/Other)
I am a scientific journalist and enthusiast, especially in the realm of biomedicine. I am passionate about conveying the truth in scientific phenomena and subsequently improving health and public awareness. Sometimes scientific research needs a translator to effectively communicate the scientific jargon present in significant findings. I plan to be that translating communicator, and I hope to decrease the spread of misrepresented scientific phenomena! Check out my science blog: ScienceKara.com.
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