It’s Contact Lens Safety Month, and we’ll have tips to help protect your eyes each day this week.
Always make sure you get contact lens prescriptions from an eye doctor and get instructions on lens care when you first get contacts.
Don’t reuse contact lens solution. It loses its ability to disinfect them, so use fresh solution each time you take your lenses out.
Don’t use saline solution for cleaning your lenses. Saline solution is best for rewetting your contacts, but it won’t clean or disinfect them.
Never re-wet your contacts with saliva. Your mouth is not sterile, and it can easily cause eye infections.
If your contacts are bothering you, don’t ignore it. Irritation can be a sign of infections or other problems, so take them out as soon as possible.
Take out your contacts before you shower or swim. Your lenses can trap bacteria from water against your eyes and cause serious infections.
Unless your contacts are specifically designed to wear through the night, never sleep in your contacts. Your lenses can trap bacteria in your eyes, and it’s good to have oxygen flow.
June is Cataract Awareness Month, and you can learn more about them with us. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S.
Cataracts, which are clouding of the lens of the eye that prevents light passing through, affect 24 million Americans over the age of 40.
Cataracts are often simple to treat with cataract surgery where a surgeon removes the lens and replaces it with an artificial lens.
3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, making it one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. The whole outpatient procedure only lasts about 20 minutes and has a 95% success rate.
A healthy lifestyle can help slow the progression of cataracts. Avoid smoking and exposure to UV rays and eat healthy foods to help prevent them.
While cataracts normally affect seniors, heredity, disease, eye injuries, and even smoking can cause them in younger people.
Wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries and sunglasses or glasses with UV protection in the sun can help you avoid cataracts.
It’s Blindness Awareness Month, and blindness affects more people than most realize.
Worldwide, over 285 million people are visually impaired, and over 39 million of those people are completely blind.
10 million Americans have retinal diseases, which affect the tissue at the back of your eye. They can get worse over time.
Some people lose peripheral and night vision without losing their central vision. It depends on how retinal diseases affect them.
Retinal diseases include macular degeneration. Many people go blind over time with macular degeneration.
Symptoms of retinal diseases include seeing flecks, blurred vision, poor side vision, or vision lost.
If you’re worried you’re suffering from a retinal disease, your eye doctor can run some tests and talk to you about treatment options.
There are ways to take it easy on your eyes, like having your glasses prescription updated and choosing appliances made for low vision.
These important holiday safety tips can help you have a happy and safe season. Make sure you’re decorating smart with the 12 Days of Safety.
Angel hair for decorating is made from spun glass and can irritate your eyes and skin. Wear gloves or use non-flammable cotton instead.
Spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if you breathe it in, so follow the directions carefully.
Make sure poisonous plants, like some poinsettias, are above the reach of children and pets.
Choose your gifts wisely. Give older family members presents that aren’t heavy or awkward to carry.
Be aware of the dangers of coin lithium batteries when giving gifts during the holidays.
Make sure you have a designated driver from holiday parties, and be prepared for driving in the snow during holiday travel.
Get more important decorating holiday safety tips for a healthy and safe holiday season.
As part of Diabetes Awareness Month, it’s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Did you know that diabetes is a leading cause of blindness?
29 million Americans over 20 have diabetes, and almost 1/3 don’t know they’re at risk for vision loss.
Did you know that cataracts are common among people with diabetes? Test your diabetic eye disease IQ.
Early symptoms of diabetic eye disease can go unnoticed until it’s too late.
Diabetic eye disease happens when blood vessels in the retina are damaged from high blood sugar levels.
People with diabetes should get a comprehensive, dilated eye exam each year.
Newer treatments can protect you if you get diagnosed early.
This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, so we’re bringing you facts about food allergies each day. Learn more.