The Top 3 Bad Habits of Contact Lens Wearers

Contact Lens Wearer Habits

As part of the second annual Contact Lens Health Week that runs Aug. 24 through 28, the CDC recently revealed the top 3 bad habits of contact lens wearers.


Eye infections are too often the result of poor hygiene and bad habits that contact wearers adopt when they become too lax about how they handle their eyewear. In fact, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one-third of contact lens wearers surveyed admitted to having to seek help from a physician for red or painful eyes related to the wearing of contact lenses.

“Good vision contributes to overall well-being and independence for people of all ages, so it’s important not to cut corners on healthy contact lens wear and care,” says CDC Medical Epidemiologist Jennifer Cope, M.D., M.P.H. “We are finding that many wearers are unclear about how to properly wear and care for contact lenses."

It turns out that at least two of the three biggest offenses contact wearers commit can be attributed to cutting corners that research has shown increases the risk of an eye infection by fivefold or more:

1. Keeping their contact lens cases for longer than recommended (82.3 percent)

2. “Topping-off” solution in the case—adding new solution to the existing solution instead of emptying the case out fully before adding new solution (55.1 percent)

3. Wearing their lenses while sleeping (50.2 percent).

As a reminder to contact wearers, the CDC offers this refresher advice to help keep your eyes healthy:

Six Contact Lenses Do’s and One Don’t

• Do wash hands with soap and water and dry them well before touching contact lenses


• Do take contacts out before sleeping, showering or swimming

• Do rub and rinse contacts in disinfecting solution each time they are removed

• Do rub and rinse the case with contact lens solution, dry with a clean tissue and store it upside down with the caps off after each use

• Do replace contact lens cases at least once every three months

• Do carry a backup pair of glasses in case contact lenses have to be taken out

• Don’t “top-off” the solution in lens case (adding fresh solution to old solution)

For more about how bad habits and/or improper contact lens usage can cause serious health problems including blindness, here are a few more helpful articles:

Common Bad Habits of Contact Lens Wearers Can Lead to Blindness

Why Contact Lens Wearers Get Eye Infections

Horrors of Halloween contact lenses highlighted by FDA

Reference: CDC Newsroom “Nearly all contact lens wearers in national survey report risky eye care behaviors that can lead to eye infections