FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Just about every single wearer of contact lenses is doing it wrong, according to numbers from a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) poll.
99 percent of wearers polled admitted to engaging in practices that could lead to eye infections and redness, and a third of responders mentioned going to the doctor because of redness or infection.
The most frequent practice was using their lens case longer than recommended (82 percent), while 55 percent topped off solution instead of replacing it and 50 percent slept with their lenses.
“We are finding that many wearers are unclear about how to properly wear and care for contact lenses," said CDC epidemiologist Jennifer Cope in a statement.
41 million people nationwide wear lenses, according to CDC estimates.
The survey was done in tandem with researchers from the Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY).
There are simple methods for taking better care of your eyes and lenses. Rub and rinse the lenses when taken out, replace the lens case every few months and avoid sleeping with the lenses in.
For more information, go online to www.cdc.gov/contactlenses .
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