Keep Your Eyes Healthy | Contact Lens Care & UV Protection

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I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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I’ve worn contacts for nearly 20 years. My eyesight without them is absolutely terrible and I have an astigmatism to boot. With eyesight as bad as mine I have to put on my contacts or glasses from the moment I wake up or I can’t see a darned thing. Eye care is very important and did you know that UV rays can also effect your eyes? AND a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18! So starting healthy habits for your eyes should start from an early age by protecting them with sunglasses, hats or UV-blocking contact lenses.

I had no idea that contact lenses even existed that protect your eyes from UV rays*. Most contact lenses don’t offer UV-protection but ACUVUE brand does! ACCUVUE brand has two options with an added layer of protection. ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, or for those who prefer a daily disposable contact lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses, offer the highest level of UV-blocking available in a contact lens.

Right now, I’m the only one in my family that wears contact lenses. Though, I don’t think my husband is far behind – his eyesight has been getting worse lately. When you wear contacts it’s so important to follow all the rules for safe use. I’ll admit I’ve been warned by my optometrist on multiple occasions to follow the guidelines for proper wear and care. And really, only about 2 percent of people follow all the proper care and wear rules. I myself am pretty bad about leaving them in too long or not cleaning them well enough, especially on those nights I’m just exhausted.

Contact Lens Care and Your Eye Health Do’s and Don’ts

Contact Lens Wear

Follow these tips for optimal contact wear:

  • If you experience any eye problems, remove your contacts and call your eye care professional. These include discomfort, excessive tearing, discharge, vision changes or redness for more than two days.
  • Stick to the time period recommended for your lenses. If they are two-week lenses, don’t try to stretch them out to a month, for example.
  • Remember: contacts and water don’t mix. Never store your contacts in water or wear them while showering, using a hot tub, swimming or engaging in other water sports. Tap water contains impurities that can damage your lenses and may lead to severe eye infections, leading to partial vision loss or blindness.
  • Before inserting a lens, take a good look at it to make sure it is moist, clean and intact. Don’t use a lens if the sterile package it comes in has been damaged or opened, or if the lens has a nick or tear.
  • If you use eye drops, make sure they are a brand approved by your eye care professional.
  • Never wear someone else’s contact lenses.
  • For those who wear makeup, apply your contact lenses first with clean, dry hands before applying makeup. Remove your contact lenses before removing eye makeup.

Contact Lens Care

Follow these tips for better contact lens care:

  • Before handling your lenses, wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel. Don’t use oily cosmetics or soaps containing lotion or cold cream before touching your lenses.
  • Avoid using saline solution or rewetting drops to clean lenses; instead, use a disinfectant approved by your eye care professional.
  • To remove dirt and kill germs on your contacts, rub them with your fingers and rinse them well with an approved solution. Then soak lenses overnight in enough solution to completely cover them.
  • Use your fingertips to touch your lenses—not your fingernails or other sharp objects, such as tweezers.
  • Do not use contact lenses or solution past their expiration dates.
  • Never store contacts in anything other than approved solutions, and never reuse solution.
  • Do not mix brands of contact solution.
  • Clean your lens case properly. After removing contacts, empty the case of all solution and clean it by rinsing and rubbing it in an approved solution. Then wipe the case with a lint-free tissue and turn both caps and case upside down to let them air dry.
  • Replace your lens case at least every three months.

I’ve broken a couple of these rules – I don’t replace my case ever three months and have been guilty of using water on my contacts when I’m out of the house and don’t have saline solution with me. But reading these guidelines has made me see my faults and I’m going to work harder to take better care of my eyes!

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

My family spends much of our time outdoors in the summer and I learned lots of great eye health tips. Did you know that UV rays can also reflect off of grass, soil, pavement, sand, water and even snow. When looking for the best eye sun protection  – more is better. Wearing hats and sunglasses will provide your eyes with better UV-protection.

To help protect my families eyes I’m going make sure we’re wearing our sunglasses and hats when we’re spending time outdoors. My stubborn Pinky used to hate wearing sunglasses but finally this year she’s loving wearing her fun new sunglasses from Grandma. Check her out in her Minnie glasses –

eye care tips

To learn more great tips including what to look for in a pair of sunglasses to ensure your families eye health visit the Eye Health Center 

Does anyone in your family wear contacts? What do you do to take care of your eyes and protect them from UV-rays?

Please note: Although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. That is why they should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.


2 thoughts on “Keep Your Eyes Healthy | Contact Lens Care & UV Protection

  1. I had no idea that there were contacts with UV protection either. That is so neat! I am thinking of trying out some contacts, since I am getting pretty sick of wearing glasses all the time. This would be an awesome start, I think. The tips on maintenance are great too. Thanks!

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