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Description:Here we see a clean opened contact lens case revealing its contents, which includes a right and a left lens, each placed in their respective storage solution-filled wells.

The following guidelines should be followed by all contact lens users to help reduce the risk of eye infections, including Acanthamoeba keratitis:

- Visit your eye care provider for regular eye examinations.

- Wear and replace contact lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your eye care provider.

- Remove contact lenses before any activity involving contact with water, including showering, using a hot tub, or        swimming. Extended-wear contact lens users should discuss concerns with their eye care provider.

- Wash hands with soap and water and dry before handling contact lenses.
- Clean contact lenses according to the manufacturer's guidelines and instructions from your eye care provider.

   - Use fresh cleaning or disinfecting solution each time lenses are cleaned and stored. Never reuse or top off old      solution.

   - Never use saline solution and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses.

- Store reusable lenses in the proper storage case.

   - Storage cases should be rinsed with sterile contact lens solution (never use tap water) and left open to dry after      each use.

   - Replace storage cases at least once every three months.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED); Parasites - Acanthamoeba: Contact Wearers
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