Caring for your contact lenses correctly is very important as not cleaning them regularly or changing your lenses as recommended by your eye practitioner can lead to eye infections.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc has an educational guide on how to correctly care for your lenses, entitled 'Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses'. Sheila Hickson-Curran, a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc, said: "Compliance during each step of contact lens wear and care has a well documented impact on the rate of complications.
"By not following instructions on proper wear and care, contact lens wearers are more likely to experience discomfort and may put themselves at greater risk for infection or other serious complications, such as microbial keratitis."
Washing your hands before putting lenses in or taking them out is extremely important, although almost half of survey respondents admitted to not washing their hands with soap before insertion in the morning (44 per cent) and removal in the evening (49 per cent).
Lens wearers should also change their lens solution daily in order to keep both the lenses and contact case sterile and prevent bacteria growth.