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The best way to prevent a corneal ulcer is to see your eye care provider right away if you have an eye injury or think you have symptoms of a corneal ulcer.

Contact lens use is the highest risk factor for a corneal ulcer. With this in mind, some helpful tips for contact lens wearers include:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your eyes.
  • Properly clean and disinfect your contact lenses before and after wearing them.
  • Don’t sleep while wearing your contact lenses. Always take them out every night.
  • Don’t swim or shower in your contacts.
  • Don’t buy contacts from nonmedical sources.
  • Don’t wear your contacts if your eyes are irritated.
  • Clean and sterilize your contact lens case with the proper solutions.
  • Be aware of the increased risk of infection with extended wear lenses. Talk with your eye care provider or optician if you have questions.
  • Ask your eye care provider when to throw out and replace your contacts.
  • Always wear protective eyewear if you work or have hobbies that put you at risk for an eye injury.
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