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Contact Lenses and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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How Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affect Contact Lens Wearers?

Important advice to all contact lens wearers who worry about contracting the Coronavirus through the use of contact lenses.

Contact lens wearers in Canada are just like any other online buyer. They worry about this crazy and unpredictable Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19 (or in medical circles as SARS-CoV-2). Well, we have some very important tips, updates, and some super important video links as well. See below:

Tip #1

Wash you hands for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song!

Huh? As it turns out the “Happy Birthday” song sung one time lasts around 21-25 seconds. If you use soap, warm water and sing this song while you wash your hands, you will be making sure that your hands are fully disinfected. And who doesn’t love the “Happy Birthday” song huh?

Tip #2

Contact Lenses are safe to use but…

Generally contact lenses are safe to wear during a crazy time like this but with an important caveat. If you do the RIGHT TYPE OF CLEANING of your lenses, everything should be fine. But if not, you could really mess things up. According to the Centre for Ocular Research & Education, in Waterloo, Ontario:


“Contact lenses are a safe, highly effective form of vision correction used by millions of people worldwide, but ignoring good contact lens care can have a devastating effect on eye health and vision,” says CORE senior research associate Miriam Heynen, MSc, who conducted the experiment with laboratory research assistant Vivian Chan, Bsc.


What does this mean for you? It means that you need to refer to TIP #1 (wash your hands for over 20 seconds) and use a clean towel to dry your hands to ensure you do NOT increase chances of an ocular infection. But isn’t this true all the time, even when we don’t have this scary Coronavirus? YES YES YES!! What we mean is, it doesn’t matter what is happening in the world. Always wash your hands before putting in and taking out contact lenses. Oh – and ALWAYS WASH YOUR WEEKY OR MONTHLY LENSES PROPERLY with high quality lens care solution. To see our lens care solution products (we only carry the best stuff), click here.

It is also important to remember that daily contact lenses are quite a bit safer than weekly or monthly lenses in this regard. As the Centre for Ocular Research & Education goes on to say:


Clean hands plus use of daily disposables results in the lowest risk of contact lens-related complications. For wearers of reusable lenses there are additional guidelines on lens and case cleaning which can be downloaded for patient use from CORE’s Contact Lens Update educational resource.


If you are a user of weekly or monthly lenses, please CLICK HERE to download the PDF on proper care of those lenses.

Tip #3

Never wear your contact lenses longer than you should!

This is a no-brainer in our view, something that you should know already. But it is important to remind all customers that you should ONLY WEAR YOUR CONTACTS AS LONG AS THE PRODUCT INSTRUCTS YOU TO. That means if you wear dailies, wear them for only ONE DAY. If you wear two week lenses, do not go past 14 days, and so on. 

Why is is this so important? Because bacteria can accumulate on these lenses and can cause eye infections. What is so serious about this is if you DO NOT CLEAN your lenses properly or wear them for the amount of time recommended, you could be doing permanent damage to your eyes. You certainly don’t want that do you? 


For more on this, watch this video by our CEO – all about how to buy, wear and handle your contact lenses:

Tip #4

If you are sick with a cold, a flu or any other short-term illness…

This is an important tip to remember. If you ARE SICK, with anything, it is always a good idea to suspend wearing your contact lenses if at all possible. This does not have to be a big, long-term suspension. Just wear them as little as possible while you are sick and contagious (usually the first few days you become sick).

If you cannot stop wearing your contact lenses or if that is simply too inconvenient, then take EXTRA CARE when cleaning and caring for your lenses. What does this mean?  Make sure your hands and the surfaces around (where you put in and take out contact lenses) is properly sterilized. You do NOT want to insert bacteria or virus elements directly into your eye. If someone in your family is sick and you are not – again – take extra care that your hands, your contacts and the area where you handle your contacts are clean and sterile. 

Tip #5

Buy your contact lenses with us at if you live in Canada. Why?

There are many reasons for this! But one of the big ones is that we have a company policy that no employee can work while sick, PERIOD! We send any person on our team home immediately and then disinfect the area where they work. This has been a company policy for years. While other companies may or may not take such precautions, we have always made sure our customers are safe.

Now with the Coronavirus, it is even more critical that all boxes and products that are handled are done so by folks who are healthy and who are NOT INFECTED by the Coronavirus. Luckily no one on our staff has been hit by this and we take great precautions at our facility in British Columbia, Canada to prevent ANYBODY FROM THE PUBLIC from entering our building. We do not allow anyone in who is not a courier or a shipping agent or staff member. This is smart and although this may or may not be the policy of the big, monster corporate giant websites who compete with us, it is our policy every single day and every single hour of every day.



View a very smart science-based video update on the Coronvirus view the video below or Click Here

To visit The Centre for Ocular Research & Education website – Click Here


To view two press releases related to this topic, please see:

Top Contact Lens Experts Dispel Misinformation Regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19 Protections for Contact Lens Wearers

CORE Advises Contact Lens Wearers on Safe Use Amidst COVID-19 Concerns, Reinforces Proper Hand Hygiene

Read all of our CEO Blog Reports – Click Here

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February 2020 Group of the Month!

We support efforts to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease!

We are proud to be supporting with our profits the Alzheimer Society Canada. A group so focused on doing good this regards, we must name them as the group of the month for at least one month a year. This year, it is February 2020 when you get to choose them as the default group.

Of course you always get to choose any group you wish to support. Cick here to see our entire list because it is always YOUR choice where OUR MONEY GOES.

CEO Paul has the latest on our group of the month (check it out) and of course we are always so happy to be serving our wonderful, loyal customers here in Canada!

Have an amazing February, and keep supporting the #1 best contact lens website in Canada!

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Top 10 Best Foods For Better Vision Health

Health for your eyes with Kale

Your Eyes Deserve Your Best Health!

The definitive, final, ultimate list of which foods are best for preserving your eyes and your vision health.

(ok, maybe not the ultimate health list, but we like giving this blog post a bit of hype – tongue in cheek)

We have crunched the numbers. We have done the “health” math. We have done our homework. Here is our official TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are the top 10 foods that, in our view, will do the MOST for helping you maintain excellent eyes, excellent vision well into your years.

It is recommended by some that one should have at least 4 of these foods in your diet regularly at a minimum. If you are consuming 8 or more of these, you get an A+!

Here are the Top 10 foods you should have in your diet for better vision:

#10 Raw Red Peppers

Bell peppers give you the most vitamin C per calorie. Did you catch that? Those things as light as balloons pack quite a punch. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eyes, and science suggests it could lower your risk of getting cataracts. It’s found in many vegetables and fruits, including bok choy, cauliflower, papayas, and strawberries. Now, if you cook this stuff you WILL decrease its health impacts… A LOT!. So go raw man! Go raw!

#9 Legumes

Lentils, Kidney Beans, and Black-Eye Peas are all giving you bioflavonoids and zinc — and can help protect the retina and lower the risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

#8 Nuts

You have a lot of freedom in this category: pistachios, almonds, walnuts, even peanuts, all are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that boost your eye health.

#7 Oranges or Grapefruit

Vitamin C can boost immunity, which is great. But there is some research to suggest that it also may improve the health the eye tissue itself. The National Eye Institute commented that Vitamin C “may help to regenerate other important antioxidants” in the eyes, such as Vitamin E.

#6 Sweet Potatoes

Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are all high in beta-carotene. This is a form of Vitamin A that helps with night vision, your eyes’ ability to adjust to darkness. One sweet potato also has more than half the vitamin C you need in a day and a little vitamin E.

So you can dig into sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots.

#5 Eggs

Eggs have zinc. Zinc helps your body use the lutein and zeaxanthin from its yolk. Why is this important? Well, it seems the yellow-orange color of these compounds also blocks harmful blue light from damaging your retina. It is all about protective pigment in the macula folks! You say WHAT!? Yeah, that is what we said!

#4 Lean meat and poultry

In moderation, lean beef in your diet can boost your eye health. Beef contains zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. Poultry and pork are also good sources, but so are Oysters. In fact Oysters have more zine per serving than ANY OTHER FOOD. But hey, if you are into Oysters. It’s an acquired taste we are told.

You see, Zinc brings vitamin A from your liver to your retina, where it’s used to make the protective pigment melanin – it’s all about that darn pigment.

#3 Carrots

Carrots are known for helping with good eye health. Again, Vitamin A is at play here along with beta carotene. The surface of the eye is positively impacted by these two buddies, which can prevent eye infections and other serious eye conditions.

#2 Kale or Spinach

Kale and Spinach are big winners in this top 10, but so are collard greens. “Don’t forget them collards” is the saying isn’t it? Well, if not – anyway – don’t forget them. These three are all rich in vitamin C and E and also have the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant-based forms of vitamin A lower your risk of long-term eye diseases, including AMD and cataracts.

We can bet that most of you don’t eat enough of these powerful foods. These are a must in our view.

#1 Fish

And then there was one. The top of the heap, the big hauncho! Well, in our list, it is Fish. We know all about the mercury concerns and they are very, very real (and getting worse). But for now, there is one food that simply gets it done and that is fish. Omega-3s are the key here. Don’t like fish? Then look into Omega-3 supplementation. Your eyes will not only thank you, they will be healthy enough for you to perhaps continue seeing well late into your life.

Well, there you have it. The official TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. We hope you have enjoyed learning a bit along with us! Now our crack research team will go back to shipping out your contact lens products that you keep ordering again and again! Oh – and by the way, thank you for that! Your business means the world to us!


  1. Broccoli
  2. Brussel Sprouts
  3. Squash
  4. Avacadoes
  5. Sunflower Seeds

…there, we didn’t want to go down on record without naming those foods too. Look, if you are eating even a bit of each of these on a semi-regular basis, that is something. Something always most start with something, for from nothing comes nothing. Whoa, did we just write that?

Warmest regards to all of you!

The Crack Research Team


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