Contact lenses "are perfectly safe" when used correctly

Contact lenses "are perfectly safe" when used correctly

By Alexa Kaczka

Contact lenses do not pose a risk to people as long as wearers follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, one expert has stated.

Dr Troy L Bedinghaus, a board-certified optometric physician, told About.com that the millions of contact lens wearers across the planet are in no danger as long as they store and handle the products carefully, but pointed to statistics suggesting that not everybody does this.

Recent data from the American Optometric Association, as part of its annual American Eye-Q survey showed that contact lens users are potentially putting their vision at risk by not following safety rules such as removing daily lenses after 24 hours.

"This is a big mistake because it can increase deposits and adherence of bacteria on the lens, which could cause damage to the cornea," he explained.

Recently, Parwez Hossain, a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital's eye unit, told the Daily Telegraph that many people will make the mistake of wearing contacts which do not properly fit their eyes, which can cause injury.

by Alexa Kaczka

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