Cleaning Your Contact Lenses Could Keep You Out of the ER

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Cleaning your contact lenses seems like a simple enough task, but many teens forget to do it or fall asleep with them on. Well, here's a really good reason to remember to wash them at night: it could keep you out of the emergency room.

A new study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration found that more than 70,000 kids and teens end up in the ER each year because of complications from medical devices. And guess what? Contact lenses are leading cause behind 25 percent of those hospital visits.

Misuse of corrective lenses can lead to eye infections and abrasions, some of which are completely preventable. If you avoid leaving your contacts in overnight, clean them regularly and throw disposable sets away when they expire, you could save yourself a trip to the emergency room and a lot of hassle.

What are your contact lens habits? Are you good about keeping them clean and wearing them properly? Or do you tend to leave them in when you're tired or feeling lazy? %Poll-50172%

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