Almost all of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the United States may be engaging in at least one type of risky behavior that could increase their chances of eye infections, according to a new report released by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Vision Monday reports.
Additionally, nearly one-third of contact lens wearers who participated in a national survey in the US reported going to an eye-care practitioner for painful or red eyes related to contact lens use and 99 per cent of survey respondents reported engaging in one risky behavior.
Of those participants, 82.3 per cent reported keeping their contact lens cases for longer than recommended; 55.1 per cent reported “topping off” solution in the case – adding new solution to the existing solution; and 50.2 per cent reported wearing their lenses while sleeping. In previous studies, each of those behaviors has been known to increase the risk of eye infections by five times or more. ...read more