The Importance of Summer Safety for Your Eyes

I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.

My little guy -- protecting his eyes!
I'm sure when you think of staying safe in the sun, you immediately think of putting on sunscreen, or even wearing a hat.  But have you given much thought to what you need to do to protect your eyes?  As a blue-eyed, contact lens wearer who burns very easily, my eyes are one of the first things I think of when headed outside.  In fact, it's not uncommon for me to experience redness and irritation just from being outside in the intense rays.

As I get my kids prepared for days outside, I encourage them to wear the appropriate eye wear, as well.  In fact, researchers estimate that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of radiation may be up to three times that of adults. That's many years ahead of them to be protected! Since it's easy to let the little things slide, I insist on a sun-hat, sunscreen, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

But what about for me -- the contact lens wearer?  As it turns out, there are UV-blocking contact lenses on the market.  Here are some more details:
Many contact lenses don’t offer UV protection and, in fact, most do not. Ask your eye care professional about lenses with UV blocking for an added layer of protection. ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, or for those who prefer a daily disposable contact lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses, offer the highest level of UV-blocking available in a contact lens.*
Eye health is something that is rarely thought about, but it is so important for your entire lifetime.  For women, there are specific eye concerns that you may not have heard of or need more information on. The Eye Health Center provides some insight into these issues, and gives you a starting place to learn more before you bring concerns to your eye doctor.

Some issues you may be interested in learning about include:
With only 2% of contact lens wearers following all the rules for proper and safe lens wear, it's important to be informed and take action for a lifetime of healthy vision!