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Long-term contact lens wear could exacerbate ocular problems in diabetics.
Q: Are there any contraindications in using extended wear, silicone hydrogel lenses for overnight wear in an 18-year old with type 1 diabetes?
A: Yes. Diabetics are at greater risk for general infection than people without the disease because diabetics have suppressed immune systems. They're
especially at risk for eye infections as diabetes causes decreased corneal sensitivity and additional corneal changes such as a leaky epithelium.
Kirk Wilhelmus, M.D., at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, says that overnight lens wear increases the chances of corneal infection …