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The Wrong Way To Wear Contact Lenses - Tips From Gordy EyeCare
Experts estimate that approximately 125 million people wear contact lenses globally. The Centers for Disease Control say that 99% of people who wear contact lenses have engaged in at least one "contact lens hygiene risk behavior." We have a list of the 4 most common risk behaviors:
- Sleeping In Lenses - sleeping in lenses not only affects the amount of oxygen delivered to your eyes, but it can also increase the chances of infection if the lenses have become dirty during the day.
- Swimming & Showering - Most people think it's harmless to swim and shower in there lenses, but actually most water can contain a microorganism called acanthamoeba, which if found in your eye can cause an extremely painful infection.
- Wearing Lengthening Mascaras - Women want long beautiful eyelashes but using lengthening mascara usually uses particles that stick to eyelash and if they get under the contact lens it can irritate the eye.
- Cosmetic Lenses - Most contact lenses today have an increased amount of silicone that allow the eye to breathe more easily, but cosmetic lenses do not which can increase the chance for infection if they are worn for a long period of time.
If you have questions about these or any other risky contact lens hygiene behaviors, do not hesitate to contact the Gordy EyeCare team. We're here to help!CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE GORDY EYECARE TEAMimage credit: Brandy on flickr