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Over 40 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When the CDC partnered with the group Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) to conduct a survey on the eye care habits of a group of contact lenses users, they found surprising (and alarming) results. Nearly all of the participants (over 99%) admitted to engaging in poor contact lenses hygiene, therefore increasing their risk of developing infections and other eye problems by as much as five times or more than normal.
In addition to regular eye exams and check ups, the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL advise people who wear contact lenses to follow a few basic hygiene precautions to keep their lenses - and eyes - bacteria and infection free.
Contact Lenses and Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL
From redness and mild irritation to painful infections, most people who wear contact lenses will experience an issue at some point. But taking a few simple precautions and preventive steps can drastically reduce the risk of contaminating contact lenses and solution with dirt, bacteria and other irritants.
How to Care for Your Contact Lenses
The majority of respondents (over 80%) in the CDC and CLAY study admitted to leaving their contact lenses in for longer than recommended. To avoid dry eyes, sticking and irritation, follow the guidelines and change lenses as recommended.
- Remove your contact lenses to sleep - over 50% of the study participants admitted to breaking this simple rule
- Always discard old solution and replace with a fresh batch (do not mix the two)
- Always wash and dry hands with soap and warm water before removing and handling contacts
- Clean contacts before and after each use
- Make sure to also clean the lenses case with solution and replace cases often (typically every three months)
Find an Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL
For more information on how to care for your contact lenses and avoid eye infections and potential vision problems, contact Skowron Eye Care by calling (630) 834-6244 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam today.
Contacts aren't really for everybody. Learn if they're good for your from your Elmhurst, IL optometrist.
Are you interested in wearing contact lenses but aren't sure if contacts are the right choice for you? Dr. Mark Skowron, Dr. Kerry John, Dr. Lavender Streiff and Dr. Neelam Patadia--your Elmhurst, IL optometrists at Skowron Eye Care--share some information that will help you decide.
Can you touch your eyes?
Some people are squeamish about touching their eyes. Since wearing contact lenses requires that you touch your eyes to put in and take out your contacts, they won't be a good choice if you don't think you'll be able to put the lenses in or take them out without help. Fortunately, most contact lenses wearers adjust very quickly and putting in and taking out contact lenses becomes just another part of their routine.
Can you care for contact lenses?
Good hygiene and lens care is essential to successful contact lens wear. It's important to wash your hands before handling the lenses and follow your optometrist's cleaning recommendations. If you don't like the thought of spending a few minutes each day cleaning your contacts, you may be interested in daily wear contact lenses. You simply throw away the lenses away at the end of the day and open a new pair in the morning.
Are there any conditions that would prevent you from wearing contact lenses?
Although most people can wear contact lenses, they might not be a good idea if:
- You experience frequent eye infections.
- Your allergies are chronic and severe. In many cases, you can remove your contacts and wear your glasses when allergy symptoms flare up.
- Your eyes are dry. A film of tears helps keep your contact comfortable. If your eyes are too dry, wearing contact lenses can be uncomfortable.
- You work in a dusty or dirty place. Dust and dirt can fly into your eye and make your contacts feel uncomfortable. Although you might not want to wear contacts to work, you may still be able to wear them after you get home.
Do contact lenses sound like a good choice for you? Call the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL at (630) 834-6244 to schedule a comprehensive eye examination.