Summary: Contact lenses, if improperly handled, can cause a number of concerning health issues. Here are the top mistakes that contact users make when wearing these lenses.
Today’s contact lenses are designed to fit and feel comfortable within the eye. So much so that people often forget that they’re even in their eyes. In certain cases, people will leave them on day-in and day-out, which puts them at greater risk of garnering an infection due to harboring bacteria.
This guide is intended to talk about some of the common mistakes contact lens wearers make that could be detrimental to their health. These mistakes often have lingering problems that can affect the lens’ overall effectiveness and even cause damage to the eyes.
Failing to Wash Your Hands While Handling the Lens
In cases where you’re handling food, you’re likely mindful about washing them and keeping them clean. Your hands are utilized so often throughout the day that it should come as no surprise that bacteria and dirt can easily accumulate.
Many contact wearers fail to wash their hands, or don’t wash them enough, before handling their contacts, increasing the chances of an infection. Before putting in or taking out your contact lenses, it is always important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Enough exposure to bacteria can cause an infection and may require medical attention.
Not Taking Them Out Overnight
Some contact lenses are so comfortable that they fit seamlessly into the eye. Many users even forget that they are wearing them. The comfort that these contacts provide can often lead to people wearing them overnight. This is harmful in a number of ways. For one, your contact lenses are not designed for overnight use. Since the lenses are making direct contact with the eyes, they can dry out relatively easily and cause severe irritation.