The Center for Disease Control and Prevention have recently enacted a study involving one thousand individuals, they found out that a shocking 99% violated at least one of ground rules of wearing contact lenses.
A concerning number of unhealthy common practices was detected during the test, the most frequent being the inability of the wearers to disinfect their contacts properly. Half of the subjects had slept through the night with their contact lenses on while almost all of them had taken short naps without having second thoughts about the risks of infection.
The report said that a third of the subjects have at least once visited their doctor because their eyes were itching or turning red. Most of the contact lens wearers are not informed that if they refuse to follow the basic hygiene protocol they expose themselves to the risk of getting eye infections.
We all know that cigarette smoke is bad for the eyes, but when you wear contact lenses and you can not give up the harmful habit, you increase your risk of suffering from corneal cancer by 8 times compared to that of nonsmokers. Beauty products can also be harmful, they come in a great variety and some of them may prove irritating to the eyes.
The majority of the contact wearers rinse their lenses in tap water, without being aware that the micro-organisms and bugs found in potable water can contaminate the lenses. Swimming and showering with your lenses one can also prove unhealthy for the eyes, since they may be affected by chlorine or salt. In this experiment alone eight out of ten people said that they are showering with their contacts on.
One of the most dangerous habits is when instead of replacing them, their wearers choose to place a new pair over the deteriorated ones, action that can cause severe eye infections such as keratitis, which in some cases can lead to complete blindness.
In the last decade contact lenses became more and more popular in countries such as US and UK because most of the people that needed eyesight correction refused to wear glasses.
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