A recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that 99 percent of contact lens users don’t know how to use contact lenses. Buying lenses has become easier than ever before due to availability of quality contact lenses online. However, this change would do little if people keep making mistakes when using these lenses. The section below would help you get acquainted about five contact lens mistakes most users end up committing.
Mistake #1: Taking a shower or swimming with the lenses on
According to a recently conducted CDC survey on contact lens risk, as much as 84.9% respondents were found to have the habit of taking a shower with their lenses on. In addition, 61% said that they don’t take their lenses off when swimming. So, there are high possibilities that most users do either one of these two things. The main reason why exposing your contact lenses to water is not recommended is that water increases the chances of infection by transferring various aquatic microorganisms to the wearer’s eyes. Household tap water, which is often believed to be safe to drink, is also not 100% sterile; it contains microorganisms which might contaminate the contact lenses and lens cases when used for rinsing those objects.
Mistake #2: Not replacing the storage solution completely
As much as 55% of the respondents in the above survey revealed that they don’t replace the storage solution completely. Instead, they top the previously used solution with a small quantity of fresh solution. You should never commit this mistake as using the same solution over and over again reduces the disinfectant’s effectiveness, while increasing the chances of contamination.
Mistake #3: Sleeping with the contacts on
The survey revealed that more than half of the respondents have the habit of sleeping with their contacts on. What’s even more alarming is that as much as 87.1% of the respondents said that they don’t take the lenses off when taking a nap.
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