A survey made by United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 99% of contact lens wearers are doing it wrong.
Doctors point out the importance of contact lens hygiene and they say that most people who wear contact lenses don’t take proper care of them. Because of that, users are putting themselves at risk for eye infections.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million United States citizens wear contact lenses. Still, they are putting themselves at risk for eye infections, as most wearers develop bad habits like keeping a case for too long, reusing the old solution or sleeping with contact lens on.
Doctors say that one in three contact lens wearers who come to them with a red, painful eye could have avoided developing an eye condition in the first place, if only they would have paid more attention to contact lens hygiene.
One thousand contact lens wearers aged 18 and over took part in the survey. About approximately 93% said that they wear some kind of soft contact lenses that allow oxygen to pass to the cornea.
What made the doctors worry was that 99% of the people involved in the survey admitted to breaking at least one contact lens hygiene rule, without realising that they were putting their eyes at risk for eye infections and inflammations.
Plus, more than 87% of contact lens wearers admitted to napping with their contact lenses on, while more than 50% slept overnight with their contact lenses.
Around 85% of respondents took a shower with their contact lenses on, while 61% went swimming without taking them off.
Moreover, 55% of people admitted to topping off the solution in their contacts’ case with fresh solution instead of throwing the old one out.
Even though doctors advise their patients on how to take care of their contact lenses in order to avoid any risks, a survey shows that 99% of people do not follow the doctors’ instructions carefully.
Contact lens wearers must not use a contact lens case for longer than three months. Every three months, the case should be changed with a new one.
The old contact lens solution should be thrown out when users buy a new one. Doctors stress the importance of never topping off the old solution with the new one.
Unless the doctor prescribed contact lenses that the patient should sleep in, it is never recommended to fall asleep with contact lenses on.
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