Contact wearers are notorious for being a little lax with their lens upkeep. The CDC reported that 99% of contact wearers have at least one bad habit.  After years of wearing contacts, you might leave them in too long or soak them in water when you run out of solution. Although you may get away with this behavior for a while, you could face serious eye conditions from not wearing and maintaining your contacts appropriately.


Poor contact maintenance or over-wearing can lead to the serious eye condition, keratitis. Although anyone can contract this disease, you are more likely to get it if you are a negligent contact wearer. It is a dangerous inflammation of the cornea that is caused by bacteria, fungus, or viruses. Symptoms of the condition include blurry vision, light sensitivity, and scratchiness. If you do not seek immediate treatment, you risk permanent damage and possible blindness. 

The acanthamoeba is a parasite that lives in water and can be transmitted from your contact lens to your eye, particularly if you do not clean your contacts appropriately or sleep in them. This results in a condition called acanthamoeba keratitis, which can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Some sufferers of this condition will need a corneal transplant. A few cases end up causing blindness.

Proper Wear

You can also develop other issues from improper contact wear, including various eye infections, abrasions, and even ulcers. If you properly maintain your contacts, you will be much less likely to suffer from these issues. Disposable lenses need little care, but if you wear them longer than is recommended, you are making your eyes vulnerable to infection. If you wear soft contacts, you must properly clean them with disinfecting drops and enzymatic cleaners. Most importantly, do not rinse them with tap water and never put them in your mouth. Both of these steps are invitations to infection. Also, make certain your hands are clean whenever you handle contact lenses. You also need to clean your contact case daily and let it air dry. Do not put the lids back on until it is thoroughly dry.

Proper contact care is vitally important to your eye health, but many wearers take shortcuts that can introduce bacteria and parasites into their eyes. Even if you are an old hand at wearing contacts, you need to follow directions about their use. Do not sleep in your contacts and always properly disinfect them. If you wear disposables, throw them out when you are supposed to. Don't wear one-month contacts for a year. Your eye health depends on your daily contact habits.

For more information, contact a business like Identity Optical.