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Serious eye infections could happen to people who improperly care for their contact lenses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

According to a CDC report, 99 percent of all contact lens wearers engaged in at least one behavior that could put them at risk of an eye infection.

// The CDC reported that roughly one-in-four eye infections caused by contacts were due to poor care.

“Contact lenses are a safe and effective form of vision correction when worn and cared for as recommended,” said Michael Beach, Ph.D., director of CDC’s Healthy Water Program. “However, improper wear and care of contact lenses can cause eye infections that sometimes lead to serious, long-term damage.”

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