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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 »

Wild Discovery: an Extra Body Part

Turns out the eye's cornea has 6 layers, not 5

(Newser) - You've got a body part you've never heard of—and neither had anyone else, until now. Scientists have discovered a sixth layer in the eye's cornea, which was previously believed to have just five layers. The new layer, which researcher Harminder Dua has dubbed Dua's layer,... More »

Lab-Grown Corneas Restore Sight

Six out of 10 patients were able to see

(Newser) - For the 1.5 million who go blind each year waiting for new corneas, new hope: For the first time, lab-grown corneas have been successfully transplanted—and worked, stimulating regeneration and allowing patients to blink and cry, and, in some cases, fully restoring their sight. Currently, human donors are the... More »

Docs Use Tooth to Help Return Woman's Sight

(Newser) - Doctors in Miami have used a woman’s tooth to help restore her vision, the Los Angeles Times reports. A disease that destroyed tissue in her left eye left Sharon Thornton unable to undergo a cornea transplant, so surgeons cut a canine tooth and bone out of her upper jaw... More »

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