Risk factors for contact lens infections in U.S. adolescents and young adults in 2016

Percentage of U.S. adolescents and young adults who wore contact lenses and were at risk of eye infections due to select behaviors in 2016

by John Elflein, last edited Sep 1, 2017
Risk factors for contact lens infections in U.S. adolescents and young adults in 2016 This statistic shows the percentage of contact wearing adolescents (12-17 years) and young adults (18-24 years) in the United States who practiced select behaviors that put them at risk of eye infections, as of 2016. According to the data, 23.7 percent of contact wearing adolescents replaced their contact lenses at intervals longer than prescribed, putting them at risk of developing eye infections.
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Percentage of U.S. adolescents and young adults who wore contact lenses and were at risk of eye infections due to select behaviors in 2016

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Adolescents (12-17 years)Young adults (18-24 years)
Sleeping or napping in contact lenses (CL)29.8%33.3%
Topping off solution*10.6%19.1%
Replacing lenses at intervals longer than prescribed23.7%52.4%
Did not visit eye doctor at least annually43.9%24%
Replacing CL case at interval longer than recommended22.8%40.5%
Storing lenses in tap water9.5%11%
Rinsing lenses in tap water7.1%12.1%
Swimming in CLs27.2%28.1%
Any risk behavior85.3%80.9%
Adolescents (12-17 years)Young adults (18-24 years)
Sleeping or napping in contact lenses (CL)29.8%33.3%
Topping off solution*10.6%19.1%
Replacing lenses at intervals longer than prescribed23.7%52.4%
Did not visit eye doctor at least annually43.9%24%
Replacing CL case at interval longer than recommended22.8%40.5%
Storing lenses in tap water9.5%11%
Rinsing lenses in tap water7.1%12.1%
Swimming in CLs27.2%28.1%
Any risk behavior85.3%80.9%
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by John Elflein, last edited Sep 1, 2017
This statistic shows the percentage of contact wearing adolescents (12-17 years) and young adults (18-24 years) in the United States who practiced select behaviors that put them at risk of eye infections, as of 2016. According to the data, 23.7 percent of contact wearing adolescents replaced their contact lenses at intervals longer than prescribed, putting them at risk of developing eye infections.
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