For those without perfect vision, contact lenses can be a godsend. Two small, lightweight cups bring a blurry world into crisp focus in an instant; contact lenses are a marvel of modern science. Years of refinement led to the development of a space age material called Hydrogel that is machined into lenses of various shapes and strengths that can be worn comfortably on the eye. They are so common (more than 41 million people wear contact lenses every day) that they are rarely thought of as the medical devices they truly are.
When medical devices are used improperly, they become extremely dangerous. What’s worse is that most problems with medical devices are avoidable; in most cases, underlining the seriousness of a risk is all that’s required to avoid a problem. While contact lenses are generally safe, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came with a warning that improper use of contact lenses can lead to serious infections and permanent damage to the eye.
Risk in using medical devices
A recent article in Time Magazine said, “The