Wearing contacts is a convenient correction to vision that
eliminates the extra pair of glasses. However, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, at least 41 million contact lens wearers in the
U.S. are practicing at least one behavior that can cause risk for eye
infection. Wearing contacts also puts a person at risk for eye infections and
corneal ulcers. It is important to make sure to avoid the following common
mistakes when it comes to wearing contacts.
- Don’t wear your contacts for too long: This can
cause scarring and loss of vision. Because contacts sit on top of the cornea, they
are actually blocking oxygen supply to this area. Letting the cornea have
oxygen from time to time is recommended. The longer worn, the higher the risk
for germ accumulation.
- Wearing contacts in water: They should not be
worn in swimming pools or hot tubs. Water has