According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. That’s a lot of eyes, and without proper care it can put a significant number of people at risk for eye infections.
Wearing contact lenses doesn’t have to be scary, but it is important to take proper precautions to lower your risk for eye infections. Eye infections caused by contact lenses that can lead to blindness occur in about 1 in 500 contact lens wearers
First, it is important that you only purchase contact lenses with a valid contact lens prescription. Contact lenses are not to be sold over-the-counter; even decorative lenses require a prescription. It’s the law. If you think that contact lenses are being sold ilegally, you can report them to the FDA. On that same note, don’t stock up right before your prescription is about to expire. An annual eye exam ensures your prescription is up to date and can help with early detection of eye diseases and chronic conditions.
Once you have your contact lenses, it’s important that you handle and store them hygienically.
- Handel contact lenses with clean hands
- Rinse contact lenses with contact lens solution, not water or saliva
- Store contact lenses in a clean case
- Replace the contact lens case every 3-6 months
And don’t over-wear them. You can think of wearing contact lenses like wearing underwear, change them often!
- Don’t sleep in contact lenses, unless recommended by a doctor
- Keep contacts away from water, take them off when you shower or swim
- Be prepared away from home by carrying a spare pair of glasses
Are you considering trying out contact lenses? Find an eye doctor near you.