Contact Lens Users Admit Dangerous Habits

One of the biggest mistakes contact lens wearers make is choosing to sleep in them, but people who make less money often find themselves doing this to make their money last longer, according to a recent survey.

According to a report published by All about vision.

Other key survey points include:

  • 96% of contact lens users wait longer than recommended to replace their contacts, and nearly one in two lens wearers do so to save money.
  • Nearly a third of contact lens wearers do not know how long they are expected to wear their prescribed lenses.
  • 38% of contacts users sleep with their contacts, with 25% of those people (one in four) doing so to save money.
  • 52% of respondents said they would not consider replacing their contact lenses until they caused them problems.
  • Nearly a third of survey respondents admitted that they don’t know how often they should replace their contact lenses.
  • On average, respondents said they had worn the same lenses for 26 days.

Additionally, many respondents reported disturbing habits that can lead to eye infections:

  • 39% of respondents used tap water to clean their contact lenses.
  • 28% of respondents had cleaned them in their mouths.
  • 39% of respondents cleaned their lenses daily.
  • 96% of respondents are waiting longer than recommended to replace their contacts, with Gen Zers the most likely to do so.

The survey interviewed 1,095 contact lens wearers. Of these, 49% were male, 50% were female, and 1% identified as non-binary. 22% were Gen Z, 47% Gen Y, 20% Gen X, and 11% Baby Boomers.

Meanwhile, tech giants are working on smart contact lenses, which will be designed to provide real-time feedback to users while they perform other activities, so they can stay focused without having to look. a screen.

The high costs of these lenses, however, may make some people wary, especially when data privacy may also be in question, the website notes.

The FDA recently approved drug-eluting contact lenses, which allow the lenses to deliver drugs directly into the eyes of patients with conditions such as eye disease, glaucoma complications, or allergies.

Currently, many glaucoma patients avoid seeing ophthalmologists because they need eye injections, but drug-eluting contact lenses can replace injections. They can also ensure patients get the medications they need and replace eye drops.

However, many contact lens users are unwilling to try such lenses, fearing potential infections, cost, and eye damage.

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