How Contact Lenses Affect Your Eye Health

Over 30 million Americans wear contact lenses, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While they provide all sorts of benefits, from allowing us to show off our beautiful eyelashes to exercising without the hassle of frames, they can also be real drains on our eyes.

Contact lens wearers require additional lubrication to comfortably and safely accommodate these “foreign objects,”  and oftentimes, our eyes can’t produce the necessary amount of tears. This can lead to a common problem, known as dry eye, which is characterized by itchy or scratchy feelings in the eyes, redness, blurred vision, and excess watering, which means your eyes are responding to discomfort.

Anywhere from 40 to 90 percent of contact lens wearers do not use their contact lenses correctly, the CDC also reports. Lens wearers may sleep in their lenses, or fail to clean them properly with solution, which can lead to eye infections and uncomfortable inflammation.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your eyes consistently healthy, so your contact lenses don’t cause dry eye.

While you easily can pick up artificial tears or soothing drops at the drugstore, to help relieve dry eye, they do not support long-term eye health or protection against future dry eye.

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  • DeloresLyon

    Wow, I had no idea that so many people don’t wear their contacts correctly– that is absolutely crazy! In fact, this makes me wonder if I should be extra observant of my son’s contact habits. Although he doesn’t have them yet, he might be getting them soon. The last thing I want is for him to get an eye infection because I didn’t make sure he used them correctly!