Did you know that contact lens wearers carry extra bacteria in their eyes?
Hi, it’s Dr. Chotiner from Memorial Eye Institute. When I tell people I’m a LASIK surgeon, some of them ask me: “Does wearing contact lenses mean I carry extra bacteria in my eyes?”
The straightforward answer is… Yes.
About 80% to 90% of contact lens-related eye infections are bacterial.
Many involve a common and tough-to-treat bacteria known as staphylococcus aureus.
But the most severe is pseudomonas aeruginosa, a fast-growing bacterial infection that can lead to a hole in your cornea.
One of the prevailing myths around LASIK is that it’s dangerous. But many people who wear contact lenses don’t realize that they are at higher risk of damage to the eye than they would be during or after LASIK surgery.
To learn more about LASIK, please book online for a free virtual vision assessment on our website today.
Share This Story