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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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