FDA Taking Steps to Improve Contact Lens Safety
(From HealthNewsDigest.com) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to improve contact lens safety by reminding consumers of the importance of following proper cleaning and storing procedures. Consumers who do not follow instructions for proper contact lens care and use increase their risk of serious eye infections that can lead to impaired vision and, in some cases, blindness.
To support proper cleaning and storage, the FDA has developed a new video on contact lens safety, which can be found on the FDA’s Web site (www.fda.gov), along with an in-depth Consumer Update article. The video and the article stress the importance of emptying the solution out of the contact lens case after each use and using the rub-and-rinse method for added effectiveness. Other important lens care tips include: don't top off or reuse lens cleaning solution; use a contact lens solution to clean, rinse, and then air dry contact lens cases after each use; don't expose contact lenses or lens storage cases to any type of water or other non-sterile solutions.
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