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A new report says 45 million contact lens wearers are at risk for severe eye damage — but it's largely preventable

Flickr/ Niek Beck When people ask me why I don't wear contacts, I typically come up with some excuse to avoid admitting the truth: Sticking a plastic device directly on the fragile mucous membrane surrounding my cornea terrifies me. But it does, and it's the reason I've always felt A-OK just wearing glasses. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes me feel slightly justified in my fear of contacts, despite the fact that they're largely...

Most contact lens wearers put themselves at risk of infection

New research should serve as an eye opener on the importance of safety when it comes to wearing contact lenses.The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the majority of teens and adults who wear contact lenses admit to at least one habit that puts them at risk of infection.Eye infections can lead to serious problems including blindness, so the CDC is reminding contact lens wearers that correct use and caring for their lenses is paramount for safety."Contact...

The horrifying reason you should never wear contact lenses in the shower

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Statistics revealed last year just how bad the West Midlands' eyesight is.One in six adults don’t bother to attend appointments to have their vision checked.Incredibly, half of all patients who are seen first time by an optometrist need some sort of vision correction.But, according to the report, 24 per cent of people don’t go to eye tests because they don’t like the idea of wearing glasses.While a quarter think wearing glasses will actually make their...