Prevent Blindness declared October as Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month. The goal is to educate the public on how to safely use contact lens products and the best methods for obtaining and caring for them. Approximately 46 million Americans use contact lenses, but not everyone realizes how contact lenses may increase their risk of infection, or the dangers of sleeping in them, or how to properly clean and store contact lenses. Take the woman who had 27 contact lenses in her eye, for example.
It’s also important to note how people obtain their contacts is important. With Halloween around the corner, more people will be tempted to get colored lenses to augment their planned costumes. Shady internet retailers are available at one’s fingertips, but choosing safer, trusted sources is obviously ideal. Bard Optical offers online contact lens ordering for the patient’s convenience, though a new exam may be necessary, as prescriptions may change over time.
One study from the CDC reports that more than 80 percent of contact lens wearers participate in at least one behavior that may put them at risk for eye infections related to misuse of contacts. Anyone interested in contact lens use should consult with a local eye doctor to find a compatible lens for their specific prescription. More importantly, potential contact lens wearers need to understand the risks and how to properly care for their eyes while using contacts – and make sure they can use them safely.