An estimated 125,000,000 people across the globe wear contact lenses as an alternative to eyeglasses. While they are a comfortable and convenient way to correct vision, they still require safe handling practices to reduce the risk of eye infections and other complications. Many people are not aware of these risks or of how to prevent them. According to a recent report, nearly 99 percent of contact lens wearers have been guilty of at least one of the following four risky contact lens hygiene behaviors. Below, we have identified four of the most common contact lens handling mistakes and what you can do to avoid making them.
Sleeping in contact lenses overnight can cause irritation, discomfort, and possibly an infection, especially if your lenses became dirty during the day. Avoid sleeping in contact lenses at all costs, but if it does happen, immediately remove and clean your lenses when you wake. If you experience eye irritation or soreness, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to make sure you have not developed an infection.
If you are considering cosmetic lenses, purchase them only from a registered eye doctor, even if they are not prescription. Also, make sure you keep them clean with an appropriate lens cleaning solution and never share them with anyone else.
If you choose to wear mascara, be sure to select one without the words “lengthening” in the title. Additionally, because many bacteria live on eyelashes, be wary of makeup products that come in very close contact with your eye. Be sure to replace your makeup frequently to prevent a buildup of bacteria that could jeopardize your vision.
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corneas, and have not experienced any significant change to your vision prescription over the past year, call Key-Whitman Eye Center today to meet with a doctor and determine whether LASIK is right for you.