As many as three-quarters of people who wear daily disposable contact lenses do not replace them after 24 hours, a new study has found.
Research carried out by the American Optometric Association indicates that only a quarter of people who wear daily disposable contact lenses follow the manufacturer"s instructions and throw them away after a day.
Christine Sindt, a representative from the American Optometric Association and University of Iowa, said wearing daily disposables for longer than recommended can lead to bacteria growing on the lens, which can be damaging to the eye.
"Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when patients follow the proper care and wearing instructions provided by their eye doctor," she explained.
It comes after the AAO, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists advised consumers to carefully research any organisations selling decorative contact lenses online to make sure the products they sell are official.
by Adrian Galbreth