The Most Common Contact Lens Mistakes

The Most Common Contact Lens Mistakes

In the United States, over 30 million people wear contact lenses–that’s nearly 10% of the total population. However, despite how common contact lenses are, it’s very easy for their users to make mistakes with them; in fact, according to a recent study, 99% of contact users in the U.S. reported routinely making at least one risky or unsafe behavior with their contacts that could drastically increase their risk of eye infection. It’s easy to make mistakes when you don’t know what they are, so take a look at this list of some of the most common mistakes people make with their contacts! Sleeping While some contacts advertise themselves as “extended wear” and safe to wear while sleeping, there are still issues that arise when you keep your contacts on through the night. For one, the contact lens is a barrier that prevents oxygen from reaching your corneas, which they need in order to function properly. On top of that, your contacts can rip while you sleep and lead to irritation, discomfort, and potentially risk of serious infection. Be sure to take out your contacts before you go to sleep! Showering or Swimming Most water sources are home to a microorganism known as Acanthamoeba, and it can cause serious infections and even blindness. Since your contacts will absorb and retain water–which may or may not contain acanthamoeba–swimming or showering while wearing your contacts can drastically increase your risk of infection and blindness. Cleaning Contacts with Tap Water Acanthamoeba can live in tap water, so using it to clean your contacts can be another way of increasing your exposure to the...
5 Things You Should Do For Your Eyes in Your 20s

5 Things You Should Do For Your Eyes in Your 20s

You know the old adage, “Youth is wasted on the young”? Well, I’ve never quite liked that saying. I’ve always wanted to reword it somehow. It’s not that we waste our individual youthfulness when we’re young; it’s that most of us aren’t aware of all the ways that getting older affects the many health privileges that youth affords. Yes, we sometimes take our good health for granted when we’re young. But that’s not a waste. It’s just…well, it’s just that being healthy is something that’s easy to casually overlook. If you’re a 23-year-old with relatively good eyesight (with or without a boost from contacts or glasses), and you’re not looking at the screen and struggling to make out the letters, then you might be enjoying a perk of youth without even knowing it. And that’s okay. To an extent. Just keep in mind that the eyesight you have today may not be the eyesight you have tomorrow. See, the risk of vision loss increases with age. A disease known as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common cause of blindness in people older than 60 years. In AMD, there’s a deterioration of the macula, a small area of the retina that is responsible for your central vision. When the macula is compromised you’re less able to see fine details clearly. For many older people, AMD is part of the body’s natural aging process. That doesn’t mean you should walk into your golden years, shrugging your shoulders with a sense of inevitability that you’ll eventually be blind. Here are 5 things that you can do now to...