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Dear Hyde Eyecare Patients,
In these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to you personally about what we are doing here at Hyde Eyecare to support you and our employees. As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure your Health is our top priority as it has always been, the safety and security of our patients and employees remains our highest priority. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities (including the WHO and CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous:
• Our team members are receiving ongoing briefings and enhanced operating protocols.
• We have increased the frequency of cleaning & sterilizing our public areas (including exam rooms, optical gallery, lobbies, elevators, private offices, door handles, bathrooms, etc.) and have continued to use hospital-grade disinfectant.
• We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers and wipes. We remain committed to offering you the best eye care possible. We will be flexible if your appointment needs to be rescheduled and will always be here if an eye emergency arises.
At Hyde Eyecare, we believe it is in challenging times like these that the power of good “sight” is needed most of all. We remain committed to serving you and our community for many years to come.
President & CEO, Hyde Eyecare
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How Often Should I Change My Contact Lens Case?
Wet, dark contact lens cases provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Fortunately, you can avoid painful eye infections by replacing your cases regularly and following your optometrist's lens and case care instructions.
Replace Every 3 Months
No matter how carefully you clean your contact lens case, it may still harbor bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The problem is caused by an invisible bacteria-laden coating called a biofilm. The film forms on the wells and lids of the case and may still be present after you clean or soak your case.
The American Optometric Association recommends replacing contact lens cases every three months to reduce your risk of infection. Some contact lens manufacturers suggest replacing the cases as often as every one to two months.
According to an April 2011 article in Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses, 30% to 85% of contact lens cases eventually become contaminated. Unfortunately, the contact lenses stored in the cases can become contaminated too, increasing the chance that you'll develop an infection.
Infections can cause corneal ulcers, painful sores that form on the surface of your cornea. The cornea is the clear layer of tissue that covers your iris and pupil. Severe infections can scar or cloud the cornea, permanently altering your vision.
If you develop a corneal ulcer, you may experience:
Stop wearing your contact lenses and call your eye doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Prompt treatment will help you avoid serious damage to your corneas or loss of vision.
Contact Case Care Recommendations
Following these guidelines can decrease your infection risk:
Proper cleaning and care of your contact lens cases can help you avoid infections. Contact us if you think you may have an infection, or it's time for your next vision exam.
American Optometric Association: Contact Lens Case Care
Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses: What is Happening in Your Contact Lens Storage Case?, 4/18/11
WebMD: Contact Lenses and Eye Infections
American Academy of Ophthalmology: How to Take Care of Contact Lenses, 9/9/18