Who besides me has contacts in their eyes as they are reading this? Raise your hand! With all the scuttle about Contacts going around – I wanted to find out how to keep my eyes healthy and safe (because I love my contacts and SO prefer them to glasses).
Like I said – I love my contact lenses. I have a 9 year old that is wearing glasses (I’m also assuming that his brothers will follow since both my husband and I have eyes that aren’t 20/20) so I feel like it’s my JOB to learn and use the healthiest habits with contacts. I’m going to have to teach 3 boys to do it! I know that my son will be asking for contacts soon – and it will be my pleasure to get them for him (contacts aren’t broken/lost like glasses because they are so easily replaced!).
The easiest place to get the answers? Go to the top (right?). So I checked in the American Optometric Association to see their recommendations. I found TONS of great information including this Press Release that answers a lot of questions!
So I was on my way to ensuring that I could give my boys lessons (and lets face it improve my hygiene with Contact Lenses!). I found out a few other details that I’m guilty on that are super important. I’m either not doing them or not doing them as well as I should be. Ok so things for me to work on! Here’s a few things that the American Optometric Association tell us we need to do to keep our eyes healthy and our contacts clean!
- Washing and drying hands before handling contact lenses;
- Carefully and regularly using cleaning solution to rub the lenses with fingers and rinsing thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in a sufficient multi-purpose disinfectant solution;
- Storing lenses in the proper lens storage case and replacing your case every three months; in addition cases should be rubbed with clean fingers, rinsed with solution, dried with a tissue, and stored upside down every night;
- Using fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses—never re-use old solution;
- Using products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your lenses; and
- Removing contact lenses before exposing them to water.
So I have already found a couple of things ~ I’m sitting here Red in the Face for sure! A couple of other things?
- According to the American Optometric Association’s 2015 American Eye-Q® Survey, more than half (59 percent) of Americans wear disposable contact lenses longer than the suggested duration. This bad habit can cause permanent eye damage from bacterial infections and oxygen deprivation.
- Cleaning and rinsing lenses with proper solutions is important to remove mucus, secretions, films or deposits that can build up during wearing and lead to bacterial growth if not removed properly. Sadly, 31 percent of consumers admit to using rewetting drops, and 16 percent use tap water to clean contact lenses instead of a multi-purpose solution.
Want to learn more? And I know I did! You should click HERE to keep reading.
Ok everyone got it? You’re going to schedule an appointment with your Optometrist to make sure you and your contacts are doing great? PHEW. When I was writing this post (and researching), I got hungry (nothing new there). And what do you think of when you think of healthy eyes? Yup of course we all think of carrots. I guess it’s from our mom’s or grandma’s? Either way I knew I had to make a delicious carrot snack. I added in some apples and came up with really yummy Carrot Apple Bread. I do love a quick bread. This was a really yummy. I hope you like it as much as I do!
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