Contact lenses are truly an amazing technology, bringing millions of people around the world the gift of sight, freedom from continuous use of glasses, and numerous other benefits. We love providing these benefits to patients through accurate prescriptions and the latest in lens technology, with which we can treat many eye disorders such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), presbyopia (age-related loss of the ability to focus up close), and astigmatism (irregularly-shaped cornea or lens).
As with any medical product or device, there are important use instructions which must be followed precisely to avoid injury or permanent damage. In the case of contact lenses, this is primarily related to the cleaning of your lenses and the length of wear of your lenses. There are some serious health consequences related to improper care and use.
Here are a few of which you should be aware to ensure your eyes stay healthy and to avoid permanent damage to your eyes:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a survey in 2015 which indicated that 99% of the 45 million contact lens wearers in the U.S. admitted to at least one bad contact lens hygiene habit. Common bad habits are swimming or bathing with contacts inserted, cleaning contacts with tap water, not properly washing hands before handling contacts, and reusing cleaning solution. We highly encourage you to develop healthy contact lens habits. Please reach out if you need any advice on how to best avoid the serious consequences discussed above.
Dr. McNeely is an optometrist with the Marietta Eye Clinic who offers primary care optometry. She also specializes in ocular disease and ocular surgery co-management. Dr. McNeely serves the Kennestone, Canton, and East Cobb locations. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia and received her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. While graduating from the School of Optometry, she was named class valedictorian. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry as well as a member of the Georgia Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. Read more about Dr. McNeely here.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. It describes itself as a “global community of 32,000 medical doctors who protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public.” Its website is a great resource to learn more about how to care for your eyes.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) describes itself as the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals, and optometry students.
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Contact Lens Wearer Demographics and Risk Behaviors for Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections — United States, 2014 at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6432a2.htm?s_cid=mm6432a2_w.
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