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CONTACT CAUTION

As the availability of disposable and overnight contacts has risen along with the ease of Internet ordering, researchers have noted a decided increase in the incidence of ulcers of the cornea (the clear outer layer of the eye). In fact, a study shows that corneal ulceration may be twice as common in the United States as previously thought, and contact lens wearers were about nine times more likely to develop the condition than non-contact users. Corneal ulcers are sores that are usually caused by bacterial or viral infections, often due to minor scratches in the cornea. Contact lens wearers sometimes misguidedly wear their contacts for weeks or months without taking them off, which can lead to corneal ulceration. Many people purchase products, including contact lenses, online.  Since contact lenses are worn on the eyes, they affect the way your eyes function. The above-mentioned study on corneal ulceration shows the need to have an eye care professional properly fit contact lenses and provide follow-up care. Many people purchase products, including contact lenses, online.  Since contact lenses are worn on the eyes, they affect the way your eyes function. Many people purchase products, including contact lenses, online.