A study from the CDC has found that almost everyone of the 41 million contact wearers in the United States breaks at least one of the contact lenses care rules.
USA TODA reports:
Study: Bad hygiene a problem for nearly all contact lens users
Rules for Contact Lens Wearers from the American Optometric Association
- Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
- Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your eye doctor. Rub the contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lens.
- Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your case every three months or sooner. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings.
- Use only products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
- Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never re-use old solution. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.
- Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your eye doctor.
- Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.
- See your eye doctor for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.
“What You Need to Know About Contact Lens Hygiene & Compliance.” What You Need to Know About Contact Lens Hygiene & Compliance. American Optometric Association, 2015. Web. 8 Sept. 2015. http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/contact-lenses/what-you-need-to-know-about-contact-lens-hygiene-and-compliance?sso=y.