*I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.
I remember when I first started wearing contact lenses when I was 13-years old (a long, long time ago!). Back then, the choices weren’t as great as they are these days, and I kind of shudder to think of the contacts I had and my cleaning habits with them.
We’ve come a long way, baby! My teen daughter has worn contacts for a few years now, and one thing I have always emphasized to her is the importance of taking care of her contacts, which in turn, keeps her eyes healthy. She is actually really good about listening to the eye doctor, and taking the appropriate steps to care for her eyes and her contacts. She does have colored lenses that she wears sometimes, but she has a prescription for them.
She takes her eye care seriously (thank goodness), and follows the below dos and don’ts:
Now when I was a teen (years and years ago), I don’t recall having the option of wearing colored lenses (or they weren’t readily available if they were around then). If I had that option, I probably would have been very interested in trying them.
Since times have changed (and not all for the better), colored contact lenses are readily available over the counter for anyone who wants them. There are plenty of retail stores offering them, and many teens will want to complete their Halloween costumes with colored contact lenses this year, but it can be very dangerous if they are not fitted by an eye care professional. If you haven’t talked to your teen about this yet, please, please do immediately! Maybe if you mention that these types of lenses can cause permanent damage to the eye, they will think twice about purchasing and wearing them.
If you need a little help explaining the importance of caring for the eyes, you can visit Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses, which offers plenty of helpful tips and information from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Another great tool for all contact lens wearers is ACUMINDER®, which is a free service that sends a reminder automatically when it is time to replace contact lenses, and when it’s time to order new contact lenses. I especially love that it reminds you when you are due for an eye exam! Time flies, for me at least, and sometimes it is easy to forget to make these appointments. The reminders are sent via cell phone text message or email. Registration is free!