Study: Many Contact-Lens Wearers Not Practicing Recommended Hygiene Steps!

The Dallas Morning News polled and found that: “Only two percent of contact wearers earned a good rating for their lens care, and just one patient did everything right.” The Optometry Journal and Vision Science confirmed. After analyzing “the lens care practices of 433 people,” researchers “found that 85 percent of the contact wearers believed they were following safe practices.

What are their opinions of safe practices? Most contact lens wearers assume that if their contacts don’t bother them and their vision is clear;  they don’t need to discard them or just order more.  The biggest cause of eye infections is found to be in contact lens wearers.  These infections can be sight threatening.  I always preach to people that just because you feel like you see well, that can be a false sense of security.  This assumption can be the difference in keeping or losing your vision no matter your age.  Most sight threatening problems aren’t detectable by the patient. 

In the aforementioned study, scientists dug deeper, they found that the average contact lens wearer practiced just half of the recommended hygienic steps. Many people did not clean either the contact-lens cases or the lenses properly. They also took a shower or slept while wearing contact lenses and wore them far longer than suggested.

We suggest that you not sleep in your contact lenses, wear them a maximum of 10-12 hours/day and wear your glasses at least 4-5 hours a day so your cornea can get enough oxygen.  Cleaning/disinfecting solutions vary.  Disinfectant solutions that are named for the store where they can be purchaed are usually not competent in disinfecting bacteria in soft lenses. 

See your eye doc at least once per year and have him fit your contacts, he/she will be examine your eye health and if you are in the healthiest lenses now available.  Use the recommended disinfecting solutions, never take out your contact lenses if they feel like they are sticking to your eyes to avoid corneal abrasions. Dr. Warren Johnson/Dr. Burt Bodan (901)-763-2020





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