(HealthDay News) -- Carelessly handled contact lenses, a
low-hanging tree branch or a fingernail used to relieve an itch can
scratch the eye's cornea, resulting in what is called a corneal
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these
suggestions to reduce your risk of this injury:
- Wear goggles when near machinery that could injure your
- Cut your fingernails regularly.
- Trim low-hanging tree branches.
- Clean your contact lenses properly each day, and be careful
when placing them on your eye.
- Always take contact lenses out before going to sleep.
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