Majority of Teens with Contact Lenses Are Using Them Improperly

Today marks the beginning of the CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week and they’ve provided some interesting facts about teenagers’ use of contact lenses. According to the CDC’s survey, 85 percent of teens with contact lenses use them improperly which increases the risk of serious eye infections†.

The survey shows teens are “sleeping, napping, or swimming with their contacts in; reusing solution, rinsing lenses in tap water, or not replacing lenses and storage cases as recommended.††”

Contact Lens Health Week runs today through Friday, August 25, 2017 and will focus on proper use and care of contact lenses. Find more on the CDC’s website here.

† CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. August 18, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6632a2.htm?s_cid=mm6632a2_w

†† Health Dayhttps://consumer.healthday.com/eye-care-information-13/eye-and-vision-problem-news-295/6-out-of-7-teens-slip-up-on-contact-lens-guidelines-cdc-725678.html

Katie Van Hise

About Katie Van Hise

Katie Van Hise serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP). She works closely with members of the NJSOP to provide consumers with current and factual information regarding eye and vision care.

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