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What increases my risk for keratitis?

A few factors can increase your risk for keratitis. If you wear contact lenses, being careless about their cleanliness or using homemade cleansers can put you at risk. Wearing soft contact lenses while you sleep also increases your risk. If you've suffered from herpes simplex in the past, it's possible that this virus will attack your eyes and cause keratitis, so having a history of that condition is a risk factor. Having especially dry eyes will also increase your chances of developing keratitis, since it makes your eyes susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections.

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