MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WEAR CONTACT LENSES. NOW, A FEW RECENT STUDIES SHOW ALMOST ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE PUTTING THEIR EYES IN DANGER.
TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST HAS MORE ON CONTACT WEARERS' DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS.
THIS IS HOW SOME PEOPLE CLEAN THEIR CONTACTS.
SOME PEOPLE ADMIT THEY'VE STORED THEIR LENSES IN BEER.
"You're playing Russian roulette there."
OPTOMETRIST SHERI MCGURK IS SHOCKED BY THE RESULTS OF A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER.
IT CLAIMS OF THE 30 MILLION CONTACT LENS WEARERS IN THE U-S, 99-PERCENT ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.
ERIKA AVERY CONFESSES TO ONE OF THE TOP OFFENSES.
"I've fallen asleep in them when I shouldn't have."
DOCTOR MCGURK SAYS THE DANGER IN DOING THAT IS YOU'RE CUTTING OFF OXYGEN TO YOUR EYES.
AND THEY CAN QUICKLY DEVELOP INFECTIONS AND BACTERIAL ULCERS LIKE THIS, CALLED PSEUDOMONAS.
"Pseudomonas can eat through the cornea in 24 hours."
ANOTHER STUDY BY BAUSCH AND LOMB FINDS 20-PERCENT OF CONTACT WEARERS HAVE STORED THEIR LENSES IN EVERYTHING FROM BEER TO COKE TO BABY OIL.
ERIKA HAS USED TAP WATER.
"I've been guilty of that a few times."
"Tap water is terrible. There are bacteria, there are chemicals in tap water."
THE BACTERIA CAN CAUSE A CORNEAL INFECTION THAT'S RESISTANT TO TREATMENT. MCGURK SAYS ONLY USE CONTACT SOLUTION TO STORE AND CLEAN YOUR LENSES. AND IF IT'S IRRITATING YOUR EYES TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT SWITCHING BRANDS.
"I switched solutions and that stopped happening."
BUT HAIR-DRESSER JANE ELLIS IS GUILTY OF SOMETHING ELSE, USING HER TWO-WEEK CONTACTS LONGER THAN RECOMMENDED. "By the time that we can feel that they feel uncomfortable, we've gone about 4 or 5 days too long."
MCGURK SAYS WITH THE RIGHT CONTACT CARE, YOU CAN AVOID VISION-IMPARING PROBLEMS LIKE THIS.
MCGURK TELLS US THE SAYING TO LIVE BY WHEN IT COMES TO CONTACTS IS 'WHEN IN DOUBT, TAKE THEM OUT!"
SHE ALSO SAYS DON'T JUST SOAK YOUR CONTACTS.
IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO RUB THEM BETWEEN YOU FINGERS TO DISLODGE ANY BUILD-UP AND LET MORE OXYGEN THROUGH. FINALLY, MAKE SURE TO HAVE A PAIR OF BACK-UP GLASSES WHEN YOUR CONTACTS JUST DON'T FEEL RIGHT.
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