After inserting your contact lenses and rinsing the case with disinfectant, do you let the case air-dry face-up or face-down?
Face-down seems to be better, says a recent study that checked microbial contamination in cases placed in four different locations: toilet, bathroom, office and bedroom. The cases were rinsed with sterile saline and placed on facial tissue paper.
By the way, 33 percent of all the contact lens cases were contaminated with multiple species of bacteria and/or fungi, not just one species.
The study report appeared in the July issue of the journal Optometry and Vision Science.
Dr. Franklin earned her Bachelor degree at the University of Virginia and her doctorate from Southern College of Optometry (SCO). While attending SCO, she conducted research in the areas of dry eye syndrome and contact lens solutions. Dr. Franklin was awarded the 2002 Vanguard of the Year by the Virginia Optometric Association (VOA). Currently, she is the President of the VOA, serves as InfantSEE coordinator for Virginia as well as on the national InfantSEE committee, and is a Fellow in the Virginia Academy of Optometry.
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