Virtually all contact lens wearers in United States are doing one thing or another to get germs in their eyes, CDC report suggests
Contact lenses are great blessing for those who have poor eyesight and they are beauty-conscious too.
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But a new research suggests that people with contact lenses are not taking good care of their eyes. Almost 41 million adults in America wear contact lenses and virtually every single of them is doing something which can cause harm to their eyes. It can lead to infection or even blindness as well.
According to a recent report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99 percent people are handling their contact lenses in a way that is not appropriate. The CDA surveyed more than 1,000 people for the study and they found that 85 percent people use expired contact lenses instead of throwing them away. More than 55 percent do not change the solution and add new new to the existing one. 61 percent swim while wearing their contact lenses and 50 percent do not bother to take contact lenses out when they go to sleep.
“Contact lenses wearers represent a significant proportion of the U.S. population and their contact lens hygiene habits put them at risk for painful, costly eye infections that could lead to vision problems.” The report stated.
More than 90% people admitted of sometimes rinsing their lenses in tap water, which is a harmful practice indeed.
“Exposure of lenses to water raises the risk for infection because microorganisms living in water can be transferred to the eyes. 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.”
As a result, Americans make nearly a million visits to doctor for contact lenses complications annually and at a cost of $175 million. One of the biggest eye problems is microbial keratitis or inflammation of the cornea, which comes with wearing contact lenses.
Wash hands with soap and dry them before touching contact lenses.
Take out lenses before sleeping, showering and swimming.
Rinse contact lenses in disinfecting solution every time they are removed.
Rinse the cases with contact lens solution and discard the solution completely every day.
Change the case at least once after three months.