Contact lenses are like underwear. According to the Centers for Disease Control, that means you shouldn’t over-wear, you should avoid a sketchy pair, and you should carry a spare1.
From August 20-24 this year, the CDC is highlighting Contact Lens Health Week, an annual campaign to increase public awareness about proper wear and care of contact lenses. This year’s mantra is simple and to the point: cover your butt and take care of your eyes.
Your vision is just as important as the health of the rest of your body, and it’s best protected when you have regular access to an eyecare. Many insurance carriers are now packaging vision insurance – as well as dental insurance – with healthcare insurance because they recognize the value of providing a “well-rounded offering” that focuses on preventive care2.
When you’re considering your contact lens and eyecare routine this week, think about this3:
- Almost 90% of Americans with vision coverage will get an eye exam within the next 12 months
- Less than 70% without vision coverage will get an eye exam
- Almost 70% of those with coverage will also get new eyewear
- Less than 35% of those without vision coverage will get eyewear
Check out 3 tips to help you and your loved ones protect your vision during the week and all year long1:
- Don’t over-wear: Replace your contacts as often as your eye doctor tells you, and don’t sleep in them (unless your eye doctor says otherwise).
- Avoid that sketchy pair: If a contact comes out and you can’t disinfect it with fresh solution (never water or spit) right away, throw it out. Don’t buy contacts from costume shops or anywhere that doesn’t require a prescription.
- Carry a spare pair (of glasses): If you need to take out your contacts for an unexpected late night or trip to the pool, or if a contact comes out, have a pair of glasses as a backup.
Also recommended: clean your case with solution daily, get a new case at least every 3 months, and take out your contacts before showering, swimming, or hot tubbing.
Look out for you and your loved ones’ vision by:
- Scheduling regular eye exams
- Eating a healthy diet full of leafy greens such as kale and spinach
- Know your family’s eye health history
- Wear sunglasses that block out 99% – 100% of the sun’s rays
- Quit smoking or don’t start
Make informed decisions about your eye health and that of your loved ones. Learn more about healthy contact lens habits by clicking here. Learn more about the basics of vision and eye health by clicking here.
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1: “Contact Lenses are Like Underwear.” The Centers for Disease Control. https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/pdf/8-5×11-contact-lenses-underwear.pdf
2: “Popular vision benefits moving beyond commodity product label.” Employee Benefit Adviser. https://www.employeebenefitadviser.com/news/popular-vision-benefits-moving-beyond-commodity-product-label
3: “Evidence Links Vision Benefits to Healthy Vision Habits, NAVCP Reports.” Vision Monday. http://www.visionmonday.com/latest-news/article/evidence-links-vision-benefits-to-healthy-vision-habits-navcp-reports-1/