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Caring for Contact Lenses

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We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.





If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

 

Contact lenses necessitate proper treatment and care in order to be a safe and feasible option for those requiring corrective eye wear. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which on occasion results in vision loss. Children and adults that are not capable of properly taking care of their contacts may want to seek an alternate form of corrective eye wear.

Not to worry, though... contact lens care is easier than it may seem. With ''multipurpose'' care systems and one-use contacts, caring for your lenses is less expensive, requires less time and requires less effort than before. Still, there are some essential guidelines to keep in mind.

Firstly it is recommended to speak to your optician to receive individualized recommendations. Additionally, make sure you don't change care regimens without checking with your optometrist first. Some products are not compatible with each other or with certain kinds of lenses and can harm your eyes. Our experienced staff can help you determine the right treatment for your lenses.

All eye doctors recommend cleaning and disinfecting your contacts once a day. Always rinse your hands with soap and water before touching your lenses. Your eyes are one of the most direct places for dirt and germs to enter your body. Further, avoid the mistake of using saline to clean your lenses. Saline is only suitable for storing purposes, not cleaning. You should also be careful to disinfect your case with all-in-one solution after every use and to keep it open and dry between uses. Experts recommend that you switch your case at least four times a year.

It's true that there may be an array of lens care options, but with a little planning you can be sure you are caring for your lenses properly, ensuring healthier eyes and clearer vision!