Tips from your optometrist

How to keep your eyes safe

Sun Protection

You may be aware of the dangers of UV exposure to your skin, but are you aware that your eyes are vulnerable to UV damage any time of the day, any time of the year?

Ways to avoid UV damage to your eyes:

  1. Always use UV protective lenses in combination with other UV protection measures such as remaining in the shade, wearing a hat and sunscreen.
  2. Make UV eye protection part of your everyday routine, even on days when you feel the sun’s rays may be less harmful.
  3. Reduce UV exposure as much as possible.
  4. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, it can reduce the amount of UV reaching your eyes by 50%.
  5. For sports, consider durable, glare reduction sunglasses or UV protective contact lenses.

Safety Wear

Did you know that the simplest way to protect your eyes against injury – wearing protective eyewear – prevents 90 percent of eye injuries? Yet, if you’re like most people, you’re not consistently taking this easy and necessary step to avoid injuries. Whether it’s home repairs, maintenance or sports, do yourself and your eyes a favor. Wear proper protective eyewear.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

We spend more and more time in front of computers these days and this have an adverse effect on our eyes. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) causes uncomfortable or painful, itchy or dry eyes. CVS can affect everything from work performance to quality of life. Thankfully, preventative measures can essentially erase symptoms of CVS.

How to clean your Contact Lenses

DO:

  • Wash your hands with mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contact lenses.
  • Apply or remove your contacts lenses in the same order (left then right or vice versa) to avoid getting them mixed up.
  • Clean, rinse and disinfect your contact lenses following your Optometrist’s instructions each time you remove them.
  • Keep all solution bottles closed when not in use.
  • Clean your contact lens case daily.
  • Replace your contact lens case every month.
  • Remove contact lenses before you go swimming.

DON’T:

  • Allow soaps, cosmetics or other substances to come into contact with your lenses.
  • Wear contact lenses for longer than the prescribed time.
  • Touch the tip of a contact lens care solution bottle against any surface, including your finger or your contact lens.
  • Reuse – or add additional solution to – old contact lens care solution in the case.
  • Use solution after the expiration date marked on the bottle.

How to clean your Spectables

  • Rinse spectacle lenses at home under running, lukewarm water. With a high performance Clean Coat coating, the water droplets can easily be shaken off or they can be wiped dry with a lens micro fibre cloth.
  • For more stubborn soiling, appropriate spectacle cleaning sprays can make thorough cleaning easier when used in conjunction with a lens micro fibre cloth.
  • When out and about, cleaning with a lens micro fibre cloth is fine, but the best solution is to use pre-moistened lens cleaning wipes, which are proven not to attack the lens.
  • Do not clean spectacle lenses with clothing, towels or paper.
  • Do not use commercial glass or household cleaners for cleaning spectacles.
  • Do not put spectacles down on the lenses, always on the frames.
  • Always store spectacles in a spectacle case wrapped in a microfiber cloth to avoid damage by shaking the case.

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