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When do Contact Lenses Expire?


When do Contact Lenses Expire?

We all know foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products go bad, usually much quicker than we’d like. However, your contact lenses are also susceptible to the same demise. While they don’t spoil as quickly, contact lenses can and will go bad under the right circumstances. In order to avoid any eye infections and other expired contact lens symptoms, it is best to be aware of the status of contacts, as well as to adhere to the information below.

All contact lenses come with an expiration date, which can easily go unnoticed. These numbers are found on the package itself and are listed by year/month. The expiration dates on contact lenses are based off of the date they were manufactured, not the date of purchase. However, these dates tend to be far in advance, typically around five or six years away. While five or six years seems far away, life is busy, and it can be easy to lose track of the expiration date of your contact lenses. While an unintentional mistake, the effects of wearing expired contact lenses can be detrimental.

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What is the Best Contact Solution to Use?


What is the Best Contact Solution to Use?

Aside from deciding what type of contact lenses are best for your eyes, one of the most difficult decisions for contact lens-wearers is choosing the best type of contact solution. Everyone’s eyes are unique and require different care practices, thus, there is no one best contact solution brand. While it’s important to talk to your eye doctor about what solution is best for you, it’s also important to know the benefits and shortcomings of the different kinds of contact lens solution on the market.

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Daily vs Monthly Lenses


Daily vs Monthly Lenses

When it comes to contact lenses, there are hundreds of options and features to choose from. For the novice contact lens wearer, it can be daunting to make a decision. “There is no single contact lens that will be perfect for everyone,” Dr. Wende says. “Finding the right lens requires weighing the benefits of each option for your unique prescription and needs.” A good place to start when deciding on contact lenses is whether you want to have daily disposable or monthly disposable lenses. Both have benefits and detriments and only you and your doctor can decide what’s going to work best.

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Why Drivers Should Carry Spare Contacts


Why Drivers Should Carry Spare Contacts

People are more active nowadays than ever before and for contact lens wearers this can mean taking extra precautions when you are out and about. Contacts don’t generally fall out of your eyes on their own, but vigorous activity or activities involving water can increase your risk of losing a lens. (For more information about water sports and contacts click here - https://www.contactsdirect.com/is-it- safe-to- swim-in- my- contacts ). No matter where you go or what you’re doing, it’s always a good idea to bring a spare pair of contacts, especially for the drive home.

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How Many Hours Per Day Can I Wear Contact Lenses?


How Many Hours Per Day Can I Wear Contact Lenses?

For lifelong glasses-wearers or those new to contacts, it can be difficult to determine how long to wear contacts each day. With a wide variety of lenses available, the specific directions and differences between the types of contacts can be intimidating and slightly overwhelming. For example, contact lens use can range from daily and one-time wear, to FDA- approved overnight lenses, thus creating a variation in how long contact lenses can be worn. However, here at ContactsDirect, we are here to dispel rumors and to let you know once and for all how long you can leave contact lenses in.

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My Contacts Dried Out!


My Contacts Dried Out!

Almost every contact lens wearer will at some point have to deal with a dried up contact. Maybe you don’t wear your contacts every day and you open a case only to find that they have dried up. Maybe you do wear them everyday, but forgot to bring solution to soak them in on an overnight trip. There are lots of reasons your contacts could have dried up and in some cases you can rehydrate them and be good to go, but in other circumstances you should never put that contact back in your eye.

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Possible Causes and Solutions to Contact Lens Irritation


Possible Causes and Solutions to Contact Lens Irritation

If you’ve been wearing contact lenses for any length of time, you’ve likely experienced some level of irritation at some point. The level of discomfort can range from mild eye irritation from contacts, to serious and potentially sight-threatening infections.

If your eyes are frequently red, sore or swollen after wearing contact lenses, you probably suffer from contact lens irritation. Contact lens irritation can also cause dry eyes, blurred vision and a consistent feeling that there is something in your eye (more than just that contact lens!). Before any irritation becomes worse, here are some possible causes and solutions to contact lens irritation:

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How to Use Your FSA Dollars


How to Use Your FSA Dollars

October has arrived, which means the end of the year is rapidly approaching. As you begin to wrap up the year and prepare for the upcoming holiday season, don’t forget to keep up- to-date on the status of your vision insurance benefits and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars. As the end of the year approaches, here at ContactsDirect.com, we do our best to make sure our website and call centers are fully monitored and staffed in order to answer any possible questions or concerns surrounding your leftover FSA dollars and insurance benefits—including how to use them. However, now is a good time to beat the rush and take care of those questions.

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Dry Eyes & Contacts


Dry Eyes & Contacts

Over 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Sometimes, you can develop a condition called dry eye syndrome where your contacts can become uncomfortable. “Dry eyes with contacts is what we call it when eyes don’t produce tears properly or don’t make enough fluid to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable,” said Dr. Joe Wende, Medical Director for ContactsDirect.

Dry eyes can be caused by several issues, such as damage to the tear glands or skin around the eyes, autoimmune conditions, medicines, hormonal changes, allergies and aging eyes. Dry eyes may cause pain, burning, a gritty feeling or blurred vision. But you don’t have to give up wearing contact lenses if you have dry eyes. Here are some of the best contact lenses for dry eyes*:

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How much does it cost to get contacts?


How much does it cost to get contacts?

Are you considering making the switch to contact lenses after wearing glasses for as long as you can remember? Perhaps you are ready for a change, or perhaps you just found out that you need a prescription to improve your vision. Either way, one of the first things that you will likely think about is the cost of contact lenses. At ContactsDirect, we understand that life is expensive and we want you to be honestly informed about the cost of purchasing contact lenses. We also want to remind you to help yourself out by taking advantage of our price match guarantee!

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How Do I Put Contacts In?


How Do I Put Contacts In?

The idea of seeing perfectly without clunky glasses sitting on your face can be very enticing. However, actually putting in contacts can be difficult, especially for people new to contact lenses. With these tips, you will be able to find the easiest way to put in contacts.

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Understanding Your Contact Lens Prescription


Understanding Your Contact Lens Prescription

"Your contact lens prescription can be a bit challenging to understand," said Dr. Wende of ContactsDirect. "The numbers and abbreviations on the label can appear to have been written in some kind of alien language." While this is how you might feel sometimes, your prescription provides specific information to contact lens distributors that ensures your contact lenses are safe, comfortable and provide optimum vision.

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What Are The Best Type of Contact Lenses to Wear?


What Are The Best Type of Contact Lenses to Wear?

"'What are the best contact lenses?' is a question I get asked all the time from my patients who are new to contact lenses," said Dr. Wende of ContactsDirect. "I tell them that it is different for every person and there are a lot of brands out there that offer unique features."

In the United States, the most commonly prescribed type of contact lenses is soft lenses, which are more comfortable to wear, stay in place better and are easier to adjust. Soft lenses allow oxygen to pass through the contact lens to the cornea to increase comfort and maintain eye health. Here are some of the best contact lenses brands for soft lenses...

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Can A Contact Lens Get Lost Behind My Eye?


Can A Contact Lens Get Lost Behind My Eye?

If you are a contact lens wearer, or thinking about becoming one, this question has most likely crossed your mind at one point or another. If you have asked yourself this question, you will be happy to learn that it is, in fact, impossible for this to occur. Don’t believe it? The ContactsDirect team is here to explain why.

Fortunately, your eye protects this from happening due to the conjunctiva, which is the thin, moist lining that is on the eye’s inner surface. The conjunctiva folds back at the back of your eye, becoming the outer cover of the white part of your eyeball. In simpler words, the conjunctiva prevents anything from going behind the eye or from getting stuck behind the eye...

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Can You Put Your Contact Lenses in Water?


Can You Put Your Contact Lenses in Water?

"Okay, let's get straight to the answer," said Dr. Lahr of Contacts direct. "The firm answer is no, you cannot use water as a contact solution. Using tap water, bottled or even distilled water is never the substitute for contact lens solution."

Tap water is not salty like tears are so contact lenses absorb the water and swell. They hold onto it and this causes a problem. It is not sterile and contains microorganisms. If your lens wells, it changes how the actual contact lens fits on your eye and it will will often times make it tight on the eye. “You can also create microscopic breaks in your cornea that microorganisms can get into, which can create infections."

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Why Are My Contacts Blurry?


Why Are My Contacts Blurry?

Over 37 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. However, sometimes contact wearers resort back to their glasses because of their blurry vision. A blurry contact lens can lead to frustration, stress and difficulty completing everyday tasks. Here are some possible causes and solutions to blurry vision while wearing contacts...

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The Most Popular Contact Lens Brands


The Most Popular Contact Lens Brands

If you are already a contact lens wearer, you most likely already have a favorite brand of lenses. However, if you are thinking about making the switch from glasses to contacts and becoming a contact lens wearer, you probably would like to know information about each of the top brands. Being informed about the brands will help you and your doctor to make the decision of which brand is best for you. Fortunately, at ContactsDirect we sell all of the top brands in order to help make your contact lens purchasing as easy and reliable as possible! Read on to learn information about each of the top brands....

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What Athletes Need to Know About Wearing Contacts


What Athletes Need to Know About Wearing Contacts

Have you ever watched a football game and saw teammates on their hands and knees on the field searching for a players’ lost contact? It happens from time to time and without spare contacts on the sideline, the player would be in major trouble.

Michael Peters, O.D. who works with many professional athletes and sports teams, addresses every aspect of this vital component of elite athletics in his book...

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The importance of UV protection year round for contact lens wearers


The importance of UV protection year round for contact lens wearers

It's easy to think you only need to worry about ultraviolet (UV) protection for your eyes during the summer months. However, in reality this is something that you should take care of and be aware of year round.

It's also common to only associate UV protection with protecting your skin, but many individuals don't realize that eyes are also vulnerable to damage from harmful UV rays...

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What effect does smoking have on contact lenses?


What effect does smoking have on contact lenses?

Most people who smoke do so with an understanding of the adverse effects it will have on their health. However, many people don't know how much damage smoking can cause to their eye sight.

Dr. John Lahr, the Medical Director for EyeMed Vision Care, says smoking can cause damage to a person's eye in different ways...

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Know the dangers of decorative contact lenses for Halloween


Dangers of decorative contact lenses for Halloween

As the weather starts to drop, scary costumes and spooky decorations become a common sight around Halloween. According to CNN, more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. Dollars spent on decorations, candy, costumes and more will reach $8.4 billion in 2016.

A more popular costume trend in recent years has been decorative contacts. Don't drop your candy out of your hand when you see devil or zombie contact lenses at your doorstep during Trick-or-Treat...

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Helpful makeup tips for contact lens wearers


Helpful makeup tips for contact lens wearers

According to the American Optometric Association, how makeup interacts with your contact lenses can be one of the biggest challenges that contact lens wearers face.

How to prevent common problems related to wearing makeup and contact lenses is easy once you know some quick tips. Picking the right makeup products and applying them carefully will help you stay away from these issues...

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What age should children start wearing contacts?


What age should children start wearing contacts?

This is a question that parents frequently ask eye doctors when their children receive an eye prescription. Ultimately, there is no single answer to this question because every child is unique.

However, there are certain factors that can influence the decision that you make for your child in regards to wearing contacts instead of glasses...

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How to properly clean your contact lenses


How to properly clean your contact lenses

Over the years we've heard many contact lens wearers tell us that they take their contacts out in a hurry at the end of the day and throw them right in the case so they can get to sleep. Alternatively, maybe you are in a rush to get to work on time in the morning so you insert your contacts without much due diligence.

But as you can imagine, to keep healthy eyes, it's imperative you take the extra steps to keep your contacts clean and disinfected...

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9-year-old sheds light on the dangers of blue light


9-year-old sheds light on the dangers of blue light

Joey Kitchell, a 9-year-old third grader at Parker Woods Montessori in Cincinnati, Ohio, noticed a trend among his classroom peers. Many of his friends, himself included, were glued to their Kindle, computers and mobile devices throughout the course of the day.

According to CNN, when it comes to consuming media on screens, including laptops, smartphones and tablets, teens, on average, spend more than six and a half hours on screens and tweens more than four and a half hours...

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Why do my contacts get dry during allergy season?


Why do my contacts get dry during allergy season?

For many, spring represents improved weather from the chilling winter. The days become longer and brighter, flowers and leaves start to blossom and the temperature gradually increases. Once the spring arrives, the mindset shifts towards, “We made it through winter, bring on summer!"

The famous saying, “April showers bring May flowers," receives a warm reception from the majority of folks living in cold weather climates. However, if you have allergies, spring can be problematic...

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What to know about flying on an airplane with contacts


What to know about flying on an airplane with contacts

Have you ever been flying on a plane to reach your vacation destination or going to a conference on the other side of the country and felt your contacts getting dry, causing irritation in your eyes? Well, this is no coincidence.

Many contact wearers might run into this problem because of the pressure change inside the cabin of the airplane...

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Is it safe to swim in my contacts?


Is it safe to swim in my contacts?

During a warm afternoon, there is nothing more refreshing than the thought of jumping into the swimming pool to cool down and relax.

Contact lens wearers have a different thought before jumping into the water. They often ponder, “Is it safe to swim in my contact lenses?"...

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Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?


Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?

Raise your hand (or your glass) if you have ever been frustrated by your contact lenses drying out when you drink alcohol.

It can be daunting for contact lens wearers to stay awake when trying to enjoy a long night of drinking. Not only are you out and about into the wee hours of the evening, but your contact...

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Is it bad to sleep in your contacts?


Is it bad to sleep in your contacts?

We have all been there before. After a long day of work or a late night out, you forget to take out your contact lenses before going to bed.

The thought of washing your hands, applying solution to your lenses and cleaning out your case before removing your contacts is too daunting of a task. When you lock eyes on your pillow, removing contacts can quickly become an afterthought...

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