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Lazy Contact Care Can Mess Up Eyes Long Term

Nearly 20% of eye infections from contacts result in more serious eye injuries: CDC

(Newser) - Sleeping with contacts in or forgetting to swap in a new pair according to schedule may be the unintended result of a harried lifestyle, but it could also lead to long-term eye damage, a new CDC study reports. Researchers looked at 1,075 cases of eye infections reported to an... More »

All the Gross Things We Do With Our Contact Lenses

The CDC says 99% of people are doing something wrong

(Newser) - Contact lens wearers nationwide have been interviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the CDC has concluded that almost all of the 41 million contact lens wearers in America are doing at least one thing wrong, NBC News reports. Among the bad habits that the CDC warns... More »

How Contact Lenses Change Your Eyes

May alter eye bacteria, boost risk of infection

(Newser) - Contact lenses improve your vision temporarily, but they may also make lasting changes to your eyes. Twenty volunteers, including nine daily contact wearers, allowed researchers to swab various parts of their eyes, plus the skin directly below. Scientists then performed genetic tests on the swabs and on the wearers' used... More »

Shoddy Contact Lens Care Could Make You Blind

CDC warns improper lens care raises risk of keratitis

(Newser) - Unless contact lens wearers want to land in the hospital with a nasty eye infection, they need to get serious about proper lens care, a CDC study suggests. Its study, published yesterday, looks at inflammation of the cornea, or keratitis. Noting the "overall burden ... of keratitis in the United... More »

Amoebas Eat Contact Lens Wearer's Eyeballs

Woman left lenses in for 6 months

(Newser) - Doctors hope a horrifying story out of Taiwan will help drive home the importance of proper hygiene for wearers of contact lenses. A 23-year-old student lost her eyesight after buying contact lenses that were supposed to be worn for one month and leaving them in around the clock for six... More »

Google Making Contact Lenses

Tiny chip, sensor can monitor diabetics' glucose level in tears

(Newser) - After an acquisition that brings it deep into people's homes , Google is getting up close and personal with people's bodies. The latest project from the firm's secretive Google X facility is a "smart" contact lens that monitors the glucose levels of diabetics with a tiny wireless... More »

New Contact Lenses May Cure Nearsightedness

Prototype might help kids' eyes grow in proper way

(Newser) - If the prototype of a new corrective lens being unveiled later this month works as advertised, nearsightedness—or myopia—might become drastically reduced. As PhysOrg explains, current contact lenses and glasses provide what amounts to a superficial fix for the problem, but they don't keep vision from deteriorating. In... More »

On the Horizon: Terminator-Style Contact Lens

It's a long way off (but it's safe for rabbits)

(Newser) - Screens are so 20th century. An international team of engineers is working on the next leap in digital display technology—a contact lens that could project your email, text messages, and all sorts of other information straight onto your retina, Terminator-style, Discovery News reports. Right now they’re a long,... More »

Docs See Big Problems With 'Big Eye' Contacts

Ophthalmologists not happy about Lady Gaga-inspired fad

(Newser) - The huge eyes Lady Gaga sported in her Bad Romance video have sparked a dangerous trend, eye doctors warn. Gaga's big eyes were computer-generated, but "circle lenses" that offer the same look are now widely available online, with no exam or prescription required, the Chicago Tribune reports. Doctors warn... More »

Lady Gaga Imitators Use Risky Lenses for Big Eyes

Illegal 'circle' contacts give users a doe-eyed look

(Newser) - Lady Gaga sports huge (and probably computer-generated) eyes in her new Bad Romance video, and thus a fashion trend is born. This one is risky, however, as female fans pick up illegal "circle lenses" online for the doe-eyed effect, then post how-to videos on YouTube and elsewhere, explains the... More »

Lost Contact Lens Delays Brown Speech

British PM, already blind in one eye, may be losing sight in other

(Newser) - Gordon Brown was forced to delay a speech to a Labour Party conference last week after he accidentally washed a contact lens down the sink, reports the Times of London. The British PM had no extra pair, and a staff worker had to detach the pipe beneath the sink to... More »

Bionic Vision Pioneers Unveil New Lenses

Electrical circuit and lights spark ideas for future gadgets

(Newser) - Bionic vision may cost less than $6 million after all: Scientists unveiled a new electronic contact lens this week that is already sparking ideas for future technology. Endowed with a circuit and lights, the gadget isn't ready yet, but makers say it is built with safe, organic materials. It even... More »

Eye-Care Recall Reverberates on Wall Street

Product problem seen influencing bids for Bausch & Lomb

(Newser) - In the wake of reports linking its Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solution to a rare eye infection that can lead to blindness, Advanced Medical Optics has recalled the product. Competitor Bausch & Lomb's stock price dropped on the news, since the recall may put AMO's plans to enter the bidding... More »

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