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Don’t Forget Your Eyes This Summer

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Going on a trip this summer? It’s the perfect time for it–lazy afternoons on the beaches, sunny walks on cobbled roads, new faces and places.

Don’t forget to pack for your eyes! You won’t have much fun exploring if you can’t see past your nose.

Contact lenses

Got travel-friendly contact lenses? Daily disposables are the most convenient for travelers. If you wear replacement contact lenses meant to last you weeks or months, make sure to bring extras. Bring them in your carry-on so you can still see even if they lose your luggage.

Contact lens care

Bring solution and a lens case. If you’re not using dailies, come prepared with these items. You can’t count on finding your specific brand of solution on your trip, and trying a new solution can be risky. Avoid transferring solution into a smaller container as this can contaminate the liquid. Look for the travel-sized bottles of solution made specifically for this purpose.


Even if you never wear them, bring them just in case. You could encounter new allergens or other airborne irritants while in a new place.


Keep your eyes protected from UVB and UVA rays with wraparound sunglasses. Contact lenses with UV protection still can’t protect your eyes as completely as sunglasses can.


Take a quick picture of your contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. If you should for any reason need replacement eyewear on your trip, you’ll be glad you had this handy.


Going swimming? Goggles will help keep your eyes clear of irritants. Also: always remove your contact lenses before being submerged in water (swimming, soaking in the tub, etc.). Wearing contact lenses underwater can give you an eye infection.

Enjoy your trip to new frontiers, and the wonderful sights awaiting your clear, healthy eyes!



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Why You Need Contact Lens with UV Protection

Loving those sunny days?  Here’s the problem: all that sunlight now could give you cataracts later in life.

Short Term Effects

Exposing your eyes to too much UV radiation for a short time just gives you a temporary “eye sunburn”, called photokeratitis.  Your eyes redden, feel gritty, tear up, and are extremely sensitive to light.  Photokeratitis is usually temporary and doesn’t leave any lasting damage.

Long Term Effects

But what about exposure to UV radiation for a long time?  That’s where the danger to your eyes really lies.

The longer your eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the higher the chance of getting cataracts or macular degeneration (a condition with partial vision loss) when you’re older.  The exact amount of UV radiation that causes these conditions is unknown.  (Read more from the original article here.)


Optometrists strongly recommend you protect your eyes with heavy-duty wraparound sunglasses, or contact lenses with UV protection.

Contact Lens with the Best UV Protection

Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has the highest UV protection currently available in contact lenses.  UV Protection Contact lenses that offer high levels of protection against UV rays are labeled as either Class I or Class II. Class I lenses block at least 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays while Class II block at least 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays. Acuvue Oasys 1-Day is a class 1 contact lens. *

Acuvue is the only brand that offers UV protection across its entire line of products.

Designed with Acuvue’s proprietary HydraLuxe™ technology for all-day comfort, Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has tear-like properties that work with your natural tear film each day, providing all-day performance and excellent comfort, vision, and handling.

Buying Contact Lenses Online

We strongly recommend that you get a prescription and contact lens fitting from your optometrist before purchasing any contact lenses.  Different product lines use various materials and measurements, which means they will have different prescriptions for the same person.

Learn why seeing your eye doctor first is important from our CEO, Paul W. Slusher:

*WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT complete substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed by your eye doctor.
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Optometrist Creates Mold of Eye for Irregular Eye Shapes

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Not every eye is shaped the same…

irregular shaped eyeIf you’ve had trouble finding the right contact lens for either eye in the past, it could be possible that this was caused because your eyes is ‘hard to fit‘. In some cases, it is because of an irregular cornea shape. Up until now, it was almost impossible to find the perfect lens for an eye that was shaped uniquely. Optometrists could go through several fitting sessions with a patient to find a contact lens that was ‘tolerable’. This recently has changed.

How can your eye meet the perfect contact?

Thanks to EyePrintPro, a new contact lens technology offered at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, it is now possible for patients to have the perfect match.

Julie DeKinder, associate clinical professor in the College of Optometry at UMSL, comments “EyePrintPROTM is an optically clear prosthetic scleral cover shell designed to match the exact contours of the individual eye. For most patients with irregular corneal shape, a specialty contact lens will work to improve their vision. However, in some special cases, the anterior surface of the eye is so irregular not even a specialty contact lens will work.” She continued by saying “The eye molding is a very simple process,” DeKinder says. “A gentle compound is applied to the front of the eyes, much like a large contact lens. The compound sets up in about a minute and is removed. The impression process only takes a few minutes and provides the exact shape of the eye to the laboratory for duplication.”

To read more about the procedure and how it is going to impact the future of contact lenses, click here.