Survey: CL wearers cut corners in eye care that they wouldn’t in other personal hygiene

November 12, 2013

According to the survey, a majority of consumers admit to a number of behaviors that could lead to dirty lenses, and ultimately, discomfort or infection. For example, storing CLs in tap water rather than in disinfecting solution (35%) or failing to rinse lenses with disinfecting solution before placing them in their lens storage case (55%).

Dallas-Most contact lens (CL) wearers in the U.S. put their eyes at risk by cutting corners and adopting bad habits when it comes to CL care hygiene and practices, according to a global survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Alcon. The findings from the survey of 1,000 CL wearers in the U.S. indicate that contact lens wearers cut corners in their lens care hygiene that they would never do when it comes to other personal hygiene routines.

For example, 76% of consumers surveyed wouldn’t bathe in yesterday’s bath water, yet 92% of U.S. CL wearers surveyed reuse or “top off” lens solution instead of pouring it out and using fresh solution each day. This common habit does not effectively clean or disinfect CLs.

According to the survey, a majority of consumers admit to a number of behaviors that could lead to dirty lenses, and ultimately, discomfort or infection. For example, storing CLs in tap water rather than in disinfecting solution (35%) or failing to rinse lenses with disinfecting solution before placing them in their lens storage case (55%).

Other common habits include:

  • Wearing CLs for additional or more days than recommended by the manufacturer (66%)

  • Failing to disinfect CLs overnight, and before taking them out of the lens case and putting them in your eye

  • Rinsing a CL by putting it in the mouth

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