If You Wear Contact Lenses, Watch Out for These Bad Habits
About 85 percent of adolescents who wear contact lenses report at least one habit that increases their risk for eye infection, which can be serious and may even lead to blindness. That’s according to data published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), just in time for Contact Lens Health Week, August 21 – 25.
What are these risky habits? Forty-four percent of teens who wear contacts don’t see an eye doctor at least once a year, 30 percent report sleeping in their contacts, and 27 percent swim while wearing them. Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of infections caused by germs commonly found in water, according to the CDC, so you shouldn’t wear your lenses when you’re swimming or in the shower.
This is the first report from the CDC about contact lens habits in the estimated 3 million U.S. adolescents 12 to 17 who wear them. The same risks apply to anyone who wears contacts.