Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.
I have been wearing contact lenses since I was a teenager. Back then, we didn’t have disposable lenses. I wore the same pair for a year, if you can believe it. Each week I had to soak my contacts in a special solution to remove protein. Nowadays, we have disposable contact lenses, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for proper lens care and safety to help avoid an eye infection.
My son first started wearing contact lenses two years ago. He had been asking for them ever since he started wearing glasses, but we told him that he needed to wait until he was in high school to get his first pair. We felt by that point he would be responsible enough to to take care of them properly.
When my son got his first box of disposable contact lenses, I made sure to sit down with him and go over lens care and cleaning habits before he was allowed to wear them for the first time. In typical teenage fashion, he groaned and rolled his eyes at me. I am sure that at the time, he thought it was a bit silly that I was making such a big deal out of it. However, I would rather be safe than sorry. Good hygienic practices are vital to keeping your eyes healthy and avoiding infections that could damage your sight. Good eyesight should never be taken for granted.
Whether you wear contacts to correct your vision, or are just going to be donning decorative lenses as part of your Halloween costume this year, here are some safety tips, courtesy of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, that you need to be sure to follow.
Contact Lens Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
- Always get your contact lenses from a licensed professional. All contact lenses, even ones that just change your eye color, require a prescription. Don’t be tempted to buy from a less than reputable internet source because you are only wearing them as part of a costume. It’s not worth the risk to your eyesight!
- Wash your hands thoroughly any time you are going to be handling your contact lenses. Be sure to rinse your hands well to remove any soap residue. (Trust me, getting even the teeniest bit of soap on your contact lens stings like you wouldn’t believe!) Dry your hands with a lint free towel.
- Follow the lens care instructions set by your eye doctor. With disposable lenses, cleaning and disinfecting isn’t as much of a pain as it used to be, but it is still important to follow your doctor’s recommendations and use the cleaning solutions they recommend.
- Never use regular tap water to clean your lenses. You could be risking an infection and it could damage your lenses.
- Replace your lenses following the recommended schedule. It may be tempting to get more use out of your disposable lenses and wear them a few weeks longer than you should. (Confession time! I am guilty of this one. I used to routinely wear my 2 week lenses for a month before I would throw them out. Now that I am getting older though, I realize how risky that was and now dutifully follow my eye doctor’s recommendations.)
- If you ever experience any discomfort while wearing contact lenses, remove them immediately. It may be something as simple as getting an eyelash between your eye and the lens. A good rinsing with contact solution may take care of it. If the problem persists after you have cleaned the lenses, contact your eye doctor.
- If you have redness of the eye, excessive tear production, or vision changes, take out your contacts and call your doctor right away.
- Don’t share contact lenses with someone else, even if they have the same prescription.
If you wear contact lenses, following the simple tips I mentioned will help ensure eye health and protect your vision. For additional contact safety tips and information, be sure to read through this Healthy Vision and Contact Lenses information sheet. It is wealth of information for contact wearers.
One last thing I wanted to share with you is a free service that will send you automatic reminders when you need to replace your contact lenses. If you are like me and can never remember exactly when you need to throw out your disposable lenses and start a new pair, then you need to check out http://www.acuminder.com
The Acuminder tool is completely free to use. It will send you an automatic reminder via text message or email when you need to replace your contact lenses, order new lenses, or schedule an eye exam. That is one less thing us busy moms need to worry about!
So tell me… Do you wear contact lenses? Do you have any lens safety tips to share?