Many people avoid wearing glasses because they don’t believe they are cool enough or they simply find them uncomfortable. Luckily, contact lenses provide a wonderful solution to this problem and most people are not able to tell whether the person is wearing them or not.
In spite of that, when people get used to them, they tend to forget how to use them properly and might even get sick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently reported that a worrying 99 percent of the people who wear contact lenses are using their contact lenses wrong. In the United States, it was estimated that there are about 41 million people who wear contact lenses.
Out of these, the vast majority (82 percent) reported that they usually keep the lenses on much longer than it is recommended, more than half (55 percent) of them said that they don’t always change the solution in which they keep them and 50 percent admit that they don’t take the lenses out before they go to sleep.
These activities can easily lead to various eye problems, such as infections. According to health experts from the American Optometric Association, it is important to remove, clean, disinfect and afterwards properly store your contact lenses after you have used them.
Given the large number of people who don’t use their contact lenses correctly, it is hardly a surprise that about 33 percent of them go to the doctor, suffering from red, sore eyes. This is most likely the reason behind the very serious outbreak of eye infections over the last ten years.
According to Dr. Steve Compton, a Franklin optometrist, many of these infections stem from exposing contact lenses to water. It is important for people to know that the lenses should be cleaned in solution and not in tap water. Moreover, they should avoid wearing them while showering or swimming.
“Exposure of lenses to water raises the risk for infection because microorganisms living in water can be transferred to the eye. Although tap water is treated and safe for drinking, it is not sterile and contains microorganisms that can contaminate lens cases and contact lenses, which can cause eye infections,” he explained.
Improper hygiene increases the risk of developing several eye infections. It was estimated that about $175 million is spent on curing contact lens complications or inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), which is also a consequence of the incorrect use of lenses.
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