July 26, 2012 Leave a comment
A recent study in the December 2011 Journal of Optometry and Vision Science has shown that while 85% of contact lens wearers believe they do a good job taking care of their contact lenses, in actuality, less than 2% of them properly care for their lenses. .
Results show that some of the biggest non-compliance issues are:
- Replacing lenses infrequently and wearing them longer than the recommended time frame
- Sleeping in their lenses
- Exposing their lenses to water when showering, swimming or rinsing lenses in tap water
- Not emptying out their lens case/topping off with solution
- Changing their lens case infrequently
- Not properly washing their hands before handling their lenses
Non-compliance can cause issues beyond simple lens discomfort, including conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye,” getting a sty on the eyelid or more serious compilations such as E-Coli due to the bacteria growing in their lenses and cases.
The study also shows that while most wearers are aware of proper lens care practices, very few actually follow through resulting in 72% of patients experiencing complications with comfort and 19% experiencing some type of infection. .
What can you do to prevent issues?
- Make sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling your lenses and touching your eye.
- Wear a fresh pair of lenses at the recommended time, i.e. daily, every two weeks or monthly as suggested by your eye doctor.
- Remove your lenses before showering or going swimming, or wear proper fitting eye goggles that prevent water from entering the eye.
- Do not sleep or nap in your lenses.
- Clean your lenses every night with contact lens solution and use fresh solution in your lens case every night. Don’t use water or top off the solution in your case, mixing old solution with new.
- Rinse your lenses in solution before inserting them.
- Rinse your lens case with solution daily and allow it to air dry while not in use.
- Replace your lens case every few months. Many lens solutions come with a case in the box, so replacing your lens solution is a good time to throw out the old case and start fres