Risky Behaviors Impact Contact Lens Safety

Contact lenses are a comfortable and cool alternative to traditional glasses. While they are extremely effective in vision correction and easy to use, many people do not take the proper precautions to make sure they are maximizing contact lens safety.

99% Admit to Contact Lens Mishandling

There are about 41 million contact lens wearers in the United States, and according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control, almost all of them engage in some form of risky behavior that could lead to eye infection or potentially even vision loss. In fact, 99% of survey respondents admitted to participating in at least one risky contact lens behavior, such as not following cleaning protocols or leaving contacts in the eye or in the case for too long.

These risky behaviors have their consequences. One third of respondents reported having sought medical advice at the eye doctor for red or painful eyes from contact lens use. Dangerous behaviors such as mixing old and new solution, sleeping in contacts, not changing lenses frequently enough, or keeping used contacts in the case for too long can all promote bacteria growth, which can lead to potentially dangerous eye infections that if left untreated could lead to negative eye health and vision effects.

Learn more about appropriate contact use and eye protection from the CDC and make sure to follow these tips to keep your eyes safe

Contact Lens Safety Tips

  • Wash hands with soap and water and dry well before handling contacts
  • Take contacts out before sleeping, showering or swimming
  • Clean contacts appropriately: rub and rinse contacts in disinfecting solution every time you remove them
  • Clean case appropriately: Rub and rinse the case with contact lens solution, dry, and store upside down with the caps off after every use
  • Replace contact lens cases every three months
  • Avoid “topping off” solution in lens case (mixing fresh solution with old solution)
  • Carry a backup pair of glasses so you can take out contacts if needed

How to Use this Information: Learn how to take care of your eyes and your contacts! For you and your family’s eye care needs, talk to the experts at Vision Care Specialists. Call 303-991-9600 or schedule online to make an appointment!