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How can keratitis be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sometimes, there's nothing you can do to prevent keratitis. If you've had herpes simplex in the past, the virus might spontaneously spread to your eye, causing keratitis, which is beyond your control. Other times, keratitis is preventable. Maintaining proper health and hygiene habits when putting in and taking out your contacts can help prevent keratitis. If you know your eyes have a tendency to be dry, take steps to keep them well-hydrated, since keratitis tends to develop in people with extremely dry eyes.

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