The CDC has completed an online survey of contact lens users in the United States and found that more than 99 percent reported at least one risky habit.
An estimated 41 million American wear contact lenses according to their report. Improper use and handling of contact lenses can lead to pain, redness and increased risk of eye infections like keratitis.
More women than men saw a doctor for their eye infection and 55 percent ended up in the emergency room for their condition.
The Top Contact Lens Wearing Offenses According to the CDC
According to the CDC these top offenses increase the risk for eye infections by five times or more.
- Four-fifths admitted to keeping their content lens cases for longer than the recommend the period of three months.
- More than half of survey respondents said they re-use existing solutions instead of emptying their lens cases.
- Half reported wearing their contact lens while sleeping.
- Nearly 80 percent admitted to keeping their contacts in for longer than the recommended period
More likely than not, the contact lens wearers reading this article are guilty of some (or all) of the offenses listed above. Proper contact lens handling helps ensure happy, healthy eyes.
8 Contact Lens Handling Tips to Reduce the Risk of Eye Infections
The CDC has outlined the following ways contact lens wearers can reduce their risk of eye infections:
- Wash your hands with soap and water then dry them before you touch your contact lenses.
- Remove contacts before sleeping, showering or swimming.
- Rub and rinse contacts in disinfecting solutions each time you remove them.
- After each use, rub and rinse your contact lens case with solution then dry the case.
- Store your contact lens case upside down with the caps off.
- Don’t add fresh solution to old solution.
- Replace contact lens cases at least once every three months.
- Carry a pair of backup glasses in case you have to remove your contact lenses.