Hand hygiene is important when it comes to infection control because they are virtually used throughout the entire day. Hands can carry and transmit bacteria and pathogens to and from everyday objects and if they are not properly cleaned, contaminated hands run a risk of harming and infecting themselves and or other people. In a recent study conducted by the CDC, they found that almost 41 million Americans are doing something to get germs in their eyes while handling contact lenses. The CDC reported that about 55 percent just topped off solutions instead of changing it and rinsing the case. About 61 percent swam while wearing contact lenses. A third of contact lens wears reported rinsing their lenses in tap water and about 17 percent reported storing their contact lenses in tap water. The CDC also reported that approximately one million U.S. health care visits for keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) occur annually; the largest single risk factor for microbial keratitis is contact lens wear.
The CDC recommends to rub and rinse contact lenses in disinfecting solution each time that they are removed, to remove contact lenses before sleeping, showering or swimming, to rinse the case with contact lens solution and drying it and storing it upside down after each use, and to wash hands with soap and water before handling contact lenses.
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