I’m one of those lucky people that has been wearing contacts for way more than half of my life (since 7th grade). Admittedly, I’ve done some pretty stupid things with them in the past and thankfully, haven’t had any issues. One time, I thought it would be fun to get a trial pair of colored lenses (yet, oddly, I went with green lenses. For my green eyes. Go figure!)
Everybody thought they were super cool. Me? I hated them. I could see the slightest tint of color in all of my vision. And honestly, despite getting them from my eye doctor, I don’t think they were the right fit.
I wrote this post 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.
If you’ve ever worn contacts that don’t fit, you totally get it. But, as somebody looking to dress up their costume this Halloween, you might not. Did you know that in addition to contacts coming in different strengths, they also come in different shapes and sizes. You can’t just grab a pair of crazy contacts from a costume store and think that they will work for everybody! If you decide to “borrow” contacts from a friend (yes, I actually watched students share contact lenses…it makes my eyes burn to this day) or get them over-the-counter, there is potential for serious damage.
It’s important to practice year-round eye care hygiene. One way is to make sure that you replace your lenses as advised by your eye care professional. You can use the ACUMINDER® Tool, a free service, to send you an an automatic reminder via email and/or text message when it is time to replace contact lenses, order new lenses and when to schedule an eye exam.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Eye Care Safety:
Follow these tips to make sure that you are wearing and caring for your contact lenses safely and effectively.
• Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses
• Put in your contacts before you put on your makeup or any costume paint.
• Remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or other problems and promptly contact your eye care professional
• Always remove, clean and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor
• Wear another person’s lenses
• Wear lenses longer than the time frame recommended by your eye doctor
• Rinse your lenses in water from the tap or expose them to any water—such as swimming or showering—while wearing them
• Use anything aside from recommended solution by your eye doctor, such as saliva, to lubricate your lenses
What do you do to keep your eyes healthy when wearing contact lenses?