Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when patients follow the proper care and wearing instructions provided by their optometrist. However, when patients don't use lenses as directed, the consequences may be dangerous. In fact, Americans could be damaging their eyes by not using proper hygiene in caring for their lenses.
Contact lenses and the solutions used with them are medical devices and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, therefore, it's extremely important that patients maintain regular appointments to ensure they are receiving clinical guidance from their eye doctor based on individual eye health needs.
According to the American Optometric Association, clean and safe handling of contact lenses is one of the most important measures Americans can take to protect their sight. Exercising optimal care and hygiene with contact lenses can keep the eyes healthy.