Contacts are an incredibly popular way to correct vision and a great alternative to glasses. In fact, over 30 million Americans wear them every year. Contacts are great for anyone who is active, doesn't like the look of glasses, and can't afford or doesn't want vision correction surgery. Contacts are also very easy to use and come in different disposable varieties. While contacts are generally safe for use, there are three big mistakes that wearers make that can lead to infection and other issues. 

Not Replacing Lenses Often Enough

Contacts can be expensive. The average cost of wearing contacts is somewhere between $370 and $460 a year. The cost leads many wearers to wearing contacts longer than the recommended time. The amount of time each set of contacts can be worn also depends on the type of contacts used. There are contacts that must be disposed of daily, ones that must be thrown away after a couple of weeks of wear, ones that must be changed out on a monthly basis, and ones that can be worn for up to 6 months. Failure to replace contact lenses as instructed can lead to increased lens deposits which can cause infection and damage to the eyes.

Putting Contacts In After Putting On Makeup

For contact wearers, putting on makeup can be a hassle. Many choose to put their contacts in after putting on makeup but this can be a mistake. Makeup from the eyes can transfer onto the contacts. This can lead to eye irritation and can transfer bacteria from the makeup onto the contact lens. Putting makeup on after putting in contacts is the best way to ensure that no makeup is transferred onto the lenses. Contact wearers should also make sure that their hands are washed and free of any creams or lotions before putting on their contacts. 

Not Replacing Contact Lens Cases Often Enough

One thing that many contact wearers give little thought to is their contact lens case. Most wearers are aware that these cases should be washed and sanitized with each use. What many are unaware of is that contact lens cases should be replaced at least every 3 months. This ensures that bacteria, which can lead to an eye infection, does not build up in the case and affect the lenses.

Contacts are a great choice for many people who have less than perfect vision. But they are not completely without risks. Not replacing lenses often enough, contaminating lenses with makeup, and not replacing contact lens cases ever 3 months can lead to infection and eye damage.