Use Your HSA for vision testing - Smart Vision Labs

How to Use Your HSA for Eye Care

Do you have an HSA but aren’t sure how to use it to get the most benefit? Are you not quite sure what it even is?

HSA stands for Health Savings Account. It works like a regular savings account but for health care costs. The money that goes into and out of the account is controlled by the person who opened it, not their employer or insurance company. It is meant as a way to allow the person with the account more control over their health care spending.

There are several reasons someone might open an HSA. Because you own the account, it will remain unaffected by any changes in your employment. The funds do not have to be used by a certain date. The money that goes in stays there until you take it out for a medical expense. It also cannot be taxed, as long as you use it for health care purchases. If circumstances arise and you do need money from the account for non-medical expenses, you can take it out, but it will be taxed.

However, not everyone qualifies for one of these accounts. You must be under 65 years of age and carry a high-deductible insurance plan. Also note that having coverage for things like vision or dental care does not affect your eligibility to start an HSA.

Use Your HSA

The trade-off for possible out-of-pocket expenses now is definite protection against future health care costs. For example, the kind of person who would benefit most from an HSA is young and healthy with enough cash on hand to cover unforeseen medical costs. If they remain in good health when they are young, the money will already be set aside for them when they are older and more likely to need it. Because they directly control the money in the account, they can shop around for the best deal on their purchase. In addition, the HSA will contain funds from your contributions as well as money saved by not paying taxes on it, all of which have a financial benefit.

Checkups to maintain your eye health are a great way for you to use your HSA funds. There are many treatable eye conditions which, if left unnoticed or untreated, can lead to permanent vision loss. Even if you currently have good eye health and vision, you should still get your vision tested and visit an ophthalmologist at least once every two years. As eyesight can deteriorate gradually, you may not notice a change until an exam detects it. And a licensed ophthalmologist can perform other tests, such as dilation, which can lead to a diagnosis of serious problems early on so they can be treated. If you do need vision correction, glasses, contacts (as well as accompanying items like solution), and even laser eye surgery, you will be happy to know that all are allowable expenses for you to use your HSA funds.

An HSA provides a way to take control of your health care spending – just don’t forget to actually get that health care. Spending a little on routine checkups now will help safeguard you from larger and more costly conditions later.

When you use your HSA money for eye care, you are investing in a better future for yourself. Vision is priceless; use your health savings account to protect one of your most valuable assets.

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Why It's Important to Blink Your Eyes

It’s Better to Blink

Did you just blink your eyes? If you didn’t, you probably should have. It seems that blinking is an important way to keep your eyes healthy.

How to Blink Your Eyes

Yes, there is a right way to blink your eyes. The purpose of blinking is to refresh your eyes by moistening them with protein-rich nutrients, cleansing them of any foreign objects, and providing much-needed lubrication. This sounds like a lot to ask of a blink, but those are the benefits of this simple action.

Blinking properly and effectively involves two components: using the correct eye muscles and closing the eyes completely for a brief moment.

The muscles that are used for blinking are located above the eyes. To make sure you are using these muscles rather than facial muscles, place your fingers at the corners of your eyes by the temples. Close your eyes. You should not feel any movement under your fingers if you used your eye muscles.

After closing your eyes, pause. This step is important because if a blink is to be effective, the eyes must fully close. You can quickly check this by placing a finger under your eye, right above the cheekbone. When you close your eyes, you should feel your upper eyelashes touch your finger.

Benefits of a Blink

Once you have mastered the blink technique, you are ready to receive the benefits. During the blink, protein-rich moisture covers your eyes, providing them with necessary nutrients. This liquid also cleanses the eyes, washing away any dirt or debris. Additionally, an oily substance is released which helps to stop this moisture from evaporating too quickly while also lubricating the eyelids to prevent chaffing.

How can all of this happen? Blinking squeezes the glands in our eyes that produce these liquids. So, the nourishment, cleansing, and the oily lubrication are a natural result of the glands being able to release this necessary tear film. But it only happens when the eye fully closes in a complete blink.

Blink More and Correctly

After reading this, you are no doubt cheering the benefits of the blink, but sadly, you may not be getting the full blink treatment. This is due in large part to our digital devices. While studies have shown that people blink about the same number of times when reading on the computer screen or from printed material, the difference is how they blinked.

More people had incomplete blinks while reading from a computer monitor. This can contribute to eye strain and fatigue simply because the eyes are not getting the nourishment and cleansing associated with a blink.

Ideally, you should blink your eyes about 15 or 30 times per minute. The blinks should be soft—think of a butterfly’s wings opening and closing. When you become more aware of how often you blink, your thoughts will translate into a subconscious habit which will benefit your eyes.

Make each blink count. Here are a few things to remember.

  • Blink your eyes regularly. Put a “Think Blink” note on your computer to help you remember. Digital eye strain is becoming very common and can be easily fixed with regular blinking.
  • Practice a complete blink. Once you know what a complete blink feels like, you will be able to blink naturally and correctly.
  • Close your eyes for a brief moment now and then when you are reading or on the computer. This will not only give you the benefits of a blink but will give your eyes a quick rest.

A lot of good things can happen in the blink of an eye; be aware of when and how you blink your eyes to get the full benefits.


Straining to see clearly and think you might need glasses? Get your vision checked today.

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Wake Up to Makeup Dangers to Your Eyes

Dangers to Your Eyes?

If you’re a makeup lover, you’ve spent time admiring how the shimmery eyeshadow looks great on you. But have you wondered how it affects your eyelids? Maybe you shrugged that thought off as you put your makeup kit away and walked out the door.

Fear not, though. Maintaining both your eye health and your makeup routine is way easier than getting that winged eyeliner just right. And no, you don’t have to watch a bunch of tutorials or put your makeup away to do it.

Preventing Dangers to Your Eyes

The most important thing you can do to keep your eyes both healthy and beautiful is to take your makeup off. . . when you’re done with it. Eye makeup that isn’t removed thoroughly before bed can build up and irritate your eyes. This is especially important to remember for contact lens users. Follow the directions on your makeup for removal. Most cosmetics are cleaned off with either soap and water or makeup remover. Be gentle as you wash it off. The skin around your eyes is sensitive and harsh cleaning could also cause irritation or push the makeup into your eyes and hurt them.

Next, keep your makeup clean. Many cosmetics have a certain length of time before they should be replaced. As a general rule, liquid products will “expire” after a shorter period of use. Powders and pencil eyeliner will last for up to two years. However, mascara and eyeliner (liquid or gel) should be replaced every three months. You should also avoid using eye makeup if you have an eye infection as this can spread it to your other eye as well as contaminate your products.

You don’t want to use dirty brushes and sponges on your fresh makeup so they need a cleaning too. Keeping your brushes clean prevents them from building up bacteria from normal use. This bacteria can be transferred to your face as you apply your morning makeup and irritate your skin. This is especially important for brushes that are used for liquid or cream cosmetics. As a bonus, practicing good brush care will keep them in working order longer.

As for sponges, certain types that are washed after every use can last for a few weeks. Most, however, are meant to be disposable and should be discarded after one application. If you need more incentive to maintain your makeup applicators, for both brushes and sponges, keeping them fresh and clean will allow for smoother, more even makeup application.

Ready to put that glittery eyeshadow on now? Almost. Speaking of that, shimmery or glittery eyeshadow is one particular item that you should be careful using. The tiny particles that make the eyeshadow sparkle can also get into your eye. They may cause eye irritation or they can scratch your cornea which can lead to an infection. This is especially important for people with sensitive eyes and those who use contact lenses. If you’re one of those, consider getting your outfit’s sparkle from your jewelry instead of your makeup.

So now that you know how to check up on your makeup, go and make your eyes beautiful.

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Shun the Sun: Stop the UV Rays

You know the commonly-stated advice for keeping your vision at its best: get regular exams, see a doctor if something looks wrong, actually wear your prescription glasses, and clean your contact lenses well. All those are good to practice, but there are things you can’t see that can harm your vision. The good news is that you can plan for them.

UV Rays

One of these invisible dangers are UV rays. You usually hear them mentioned in ads for skin care products to stop sun damage or articles on preventing skin cancer. But your eyes are also very sensitive to these rays and need to be protected just as much as your skin does.

UV rays are most commonly associated with the sun and for good reason. Most UV exposure comes from sunlight. Between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm is when the sun is highest in the sky and the rays are the strongest. But it isn’t just direct sunlight either. The bright light when outside in fresh snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV rays. Tanning beds and certain types of laser lights are examples of man-made sources.

There are actually three types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. It is the first two that can cause vision damage. UVC is actually the most dangerous, however, the earth’s ozone layer blocks it before it can reach us so you don’t need to worry about that one. UVA is the one connected with skin damage mentioned in those cosmetic commercials and UVB exposure can cause health issues ranging from sunburn to skin cancer.

Effects of UV Rays

If UV rays can cause that kind of harm to your skin, think how dangerous they might be to your sensitive eyes. One condition caused by UV ray exposure is photokeratitis. This is a painful, though temporary, condition that often gets described as “sunburn for your eyes.” It affects the cornea, the clear lens over your eye, and the conjunctiva, the thin layer of cells which cover part of the whites of your eye and some of the inside of your eyelid. Photokeratitis makes your eyes red and teary, and you may feel like there is something stuck in your eye. Thankfully, like a regular sunburn on your skin, it does go away and rarely causes any sort of long-term vision problems.

In case you didn’t cringe at the idea of sunburn on your eyes, UV rays can also cause more serious, long-lasting effects on your vision. Increased amounts of time being exposed to UV rays has been linked to a higher likelihood of developing cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. Both of these conditions cause permanent vision impairment or loss. It is unclear exactly how much exposure is required for this to happen so reducing your chance of coming into contact with UV rays whenever possible is the safest course of action.

Look Cool and Keep Safe

Stopping those UV rays from damaging your eyes is as easy as slipping on a pair of sunglasses. But not just any pair. They should be rated to stop at least 99 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. For the best protection, they should also be a wrap-around style; UV rays can sneak right behind those cool aviator sunglasses to reach your eyes. Additionally, there are contact lenses which protect against UV rays. If you really need to wear those designer sunglasses, consider a pair of these contacts as well. They will catch the rays which slip around your stylish lenses, giving you both the look you want and the safety your eyes need.

You may not need to completely shun the sun as long as you protect your eyes from unseen dangers.

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Red Eyes and Selfies: Not a Good Look

Red Eyes and Selfies

Your just took the perfect selfie. But your smile fades as soon as you look at the photo. What’s with those red eyes? It might work for zombies but your Facebook friends are not going to “Like” this pic.

This has happened to all of us and it’s caused by the way the light from the camera’s flash passes into the eyes through the pupil. The flash occurs very quickly and the pupils don’t have time to constrict to limit the amount of light that goes into the eyes. This light then travels to the back of the eyes where it is reflected outward and is captured on film.

The red color that you see in the photo is caused by the rich supply of blood that is at the back of the eyes. When the large amount of light from the camera’s flash enters through the pupils, it illuminates the entire eye. The choroid, which is a layer of connective tissue, is a source of blood that nourishes the retina and gives it a reddish color.

The red eyes in your photo are a reflection of the blood that is at the back of your eyes.

The red color is normal because your eyes need a blood supply to stay healthy. The only problem with red eyes is when they make you look a little crazed in a photo.

This problem can be solved by using a few tips that professional photographers know about. First, don’t look directly at the camera. Look slightly away from the lens so your eyes do not get the full amount of flash in them.  Another tip is to make the room brighter. If the room is already dark, the pupils are dilated to let in more light. When the flash goes off, the pupils will not have time to constrict to limit the light and the blood supply at the back of the eye will be illuminated. Turn on more lights in the room; this helps get rid of red eyes in photos.

Eye doctors found an interesting medical aspect of the ‘red reflex.’ It’s actually considered normal if both eyes look red in a photo. This means that the retinas are unobstructed and apparently healthy. If only one eye appears red, it could indicate a misalignment of the eyes, especially if seen in a child. This can be treated with eyeglasses, prisms, or eye muscle surgery.

Other abnormal reactions may be if the eyes look white, black, or yellowish. This may be indicative of eye conditions and it would be best to have an exam with an ophthalmologist.

Eyes that look white in the photo can signal the presence of cataracts, retinal detachments, or infections. A rare form of childhood cancer that affects the eyes is known as retinoblastoma. This may also show as white eyes in a photo. This disease can be successfully treated if diagnosed early.

Yellow eyes can signal Coat’s disease, which is caused by abnormal blood vessels in the eyes. It is mostly detected in boys under the age of ten, and early treatment can include laser surgery.

So, the next time your selfie didn’t come out exactly as you planned, take a good look at it anyway. The eyes that are looking back at you may be assuring you of health or telling you to take a closer look.

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Eye Floaters and Eye Flashes

Are Floaters a Cause for Concern? 

Sometimes on a bright sunny day, you see what appear to be tiny specks flying in the clear blue sky. Try to get a good look at one and they seem to run away from your gaze. How do they know you see them? To explain how, you first have to know they aren’t actually in the sky, but in your eyes.

What Are They?

Floaters can be present at any time, but you typically only notice them under certain conditions. For instance, if you stare at a cloudless part of the sky on a clear, bright day you may be able to spot them as they appear to swim or float by. They don’t have any specific form. Floaters may be stringy shapes or clumped together. Some may be lighter or darker than others.

When They Are Normal

A floater is a bit of debris inside your eye that casts a shadow on the retina. Your eyeball contains a fluid called vitreous. As you get older and the vitreous shrinks, cells or part of the fluid can clump together. The floater you see isn’t the debris itself, but the shadow it makes as it moves in front of your retina and blocks a tiny speck of incoming light. The floating effect is caused by your eyes’ own movement. They aren’t moving – you are. On their own, they are common and harmless. It is when they are seen along with flashes that they become worrisome.

Eye Flashes

Like their name says, eye flashes appear as sudden flares of light in your vision. It is as if you spotted lightning from a storm in the distance. They are generally seen toward the outer edges of your vision.

Quick flashes of light mean something came into physical contact with the retina. Like floaters, a flash now and then and without other symptoms isn’t a cause for concern. The vitreous inside the eye may slightly tug or brush against on the retina and create these small bursts of light.

Floaters and Flashes

Both of these common issues become a problem when they show up together. If there is a sudden onset of flashes with floaters, you need to visit your doctor for an exam.

As you age, little strings in the vitreous fluid pull and break away from the retina. This is called vitreous detachment. It begins to show up in adults over 50 and becomes increasingly common the older the person gets. On its own, it isn’t a threat to good vision and isn’t generally treated.

But sometimes, these tiny fibers pull very hard on either the retina or the macula in the eye. The fluid of the eye goes through the tear, cutting off the blood supply which causes the part to detach. If either the retina or macula tears and isn’t treated, it will lead to permanent vision loss. In macular detachment, the person experiences a rapid decline in central vision. With retinal detachment, people describe it as if a black curtain is being pulled across their vision, from one side to the other.

Normal or Not?

So how do you know when it is normal aging and when to see your doctor? If there is a sudden increase in floaters, especially with flashes, it’s typically the first sign that something is wrong. Keep in mind that these are both painless conditions so don’t wait to see your eye doctor just because you ‘feel’ fine.

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Get a prescription for contact lenses - Smart Vision Labs

The ABCs of Your Prescription for Contact Lenses

If you have just received a new prescription for contact lenses, you may be wondering what all the numbers and letters mean. The good news is that it’s all understandable once you realize that a prescription for contact lenses is very different than one for eyeglasses. Prescriptions for contact lenses need additional information because of how the lenses are placed on your eyes.

Reading Your Contact Lens Prescription

OS refers to the left eye and OD refers to the right eye. You will see a set of numbers under each of these abbreviations. Each one of your eyes may need a different prescription to correct your specific vision problem.

PWR or SPH is the amount of correction your eyes need to bring your vision to 20/20. This is measured in an optical unit called a diopter. This number will either have a minus sign in front of it, (if you are nearsighted) or a plus sign (if you are farsighted). You can determine if your prescription is strong based on how far away from zero this number is. It’s common to have a different prescription for each eye.

BC stands for the back curvature of the contact lens. This is measured in millimeters and is generally between 8 and 10. The exactness of this number is important because it represents how the contacts will match up with the cornea. This is the part of the eye that refracts, or bends the light rays, in order to create an image for you to see. Sometimes, there may be no BC because the brand of lenses that is prescribed for you is only available with one base curve.

DIA is the abbreviation for diameter which is the total distance across the surface of the contact lens. This number is generally between 13 and 15 millimeters. This part of the prescription shows where on your eye the contact lens will sit. If the measurement is off, the lens will feel uncomfortable and may even scratch your eye.

CYL stands for cylinder value which is the amount of power needed to correct your specific astigmatism. It is measured in diopters between -4 and +4. For hyperopic astigmatism, or farsightedness, the number is positive; for myopic astigmatism, or nearsightedness, the number is negative.

AXIS is measured in degrees and refers to the amount of rotation the cylinder must rotate to compensate for the oval shape of an astigmatic lens.

ADD refers to a prescription added for close work, like reading, or for bifocal lenses.

Color is just what it says; the contact lenses can be matched to your eye color or you can have a different color to cosmetically change your natural one.

Brand Name may be what your eye care provider feels would be best for you. Your prescription may also include how often to replace the contact lenses and suggest a replacement schedule.

The eye care industry uses a standard code and measurement to create your prescription.  Consider your contact lenses to be a medical device which means that all of these letters, numbers, and abbreviations are on the prescription to enable you to see better. Although your prescription might look like alphabet soup, it holds the perfect recipe for contact lenses that are designed specifically for you.

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Don't Leave Money on the Table!

If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), don’t let that money go to waste. Apply it to your next eye care purchases. But time is ticking; you only have until the end of the year to literally use it or lose it.

What is an FSA?
This is an employer-sponsored contribution health plan. You can put aside money from your paycheck (before taxes) that you can use for certain health care expenses. You may deposit up to a certain amount of money per year; this figure is determined by an agreement made between you and your employer. The maximum contribution for 2016 is $2,550, but you need to use this money before the end of the year. Some plans offer a grace period in which you may carry over unused FSA dollars into the first part of the next year, but the best place for that money is to use it as it was intended.

Vision Care Purchases
Your FSA spending account can be used to buy prescription eyewear. This money is also not tied to any vision care insurance you may or may not have, so you may use your FSA independently of any insurance restrictions or requirements.  This spending account is money that you chose to set aside for health care expenses and the only rule you are faced with is spending it before the program’s annual deadline, which is December 31.

The money in your FSA can be used to support eye care and includes the purchase of prescription eye-wear, progressives, frames, and even reading glasses.

If you already have corrective eyeglasses, consider spending your FSA money on a second pair or treat yourself to a new look. Update your eyewear with trendy new frames or go for a style that you may have been thinking about but needed an ‘excuse’ to try.

And don’t forget that prescription sunglasses can be purchased with this money as well. Sunglasses are vital to protecting your eyes from UV rays that can compromise your eye health. Over time this exposure can contribute to cataract formation or damage the retina which can lead to macular degeneration.

If you wear contacts, the lenses and cleaning solution are usually allowable expenses with a FSA account. Since daily wear and extended-wear contact lenses have a shelf life of up to four years, some people buy a supply to last for the upcoming year. This is an excellent way to use this money and you may also get bulk discounts for purchasing a larger quantity. If you are concerned that your prescription may change during the year, don’t worry, most optical providers will let you return unopened contact lenses.

Or maybe you would like to spend your FSA money on computer glasses? These are a must-have for anyone who spends a lot to time sitting in front of a computer monitor. These glasses are specifically designed to improve your vision by reducing the glare from the monitor, increasing the contrast of the lighting, and maximizing what you see through your lenses. Ask your eyecare professional if they are right for you.

But let’s not forget the one very important way to use these FSA dollars: get a vision exam. This account can be used to offset deductibles and co-pays if you already have vision insurance.  Or it can help fund a vision exam all by itself.

Make the most of your FSA spending account. Don’t leave this money on the table; invest it in your eye health.

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Helping kids see clearly by running school vision screenings - Smart Vision Labs

What does it look like to change somebody’s life? Watch.

Few of us appreciate the ability to see clearly – unless or until we can’t.

Think about how you would feel if everyone around you could see better than you, even kids whose eyes were just as bad as yours, but who can afford eye tests and glasses.

You would feel let down: by nature and genetics, by your teachers who don’t seem to be able to help you, by schools that care more about sports than whether a student can see, by school boards that pay for their pet projects but not for comprehensive vision testing, by politicians who don’t see any upside to taking on the vision lobby. (Yes, there is a vision lobby, and they are as self-serving as most political organizations that put their own self-interest ahead of the general public.)

Just imagine that you’re a student in 5th grade and your glasses break. Your family can’t afford new glasses.

You can’t easily read what’s on the blackboard anymore.

And when you look around your classroom, none of the other kids seem to be plagued by the same obstacles. In fact, whether they wear glasses or not, they can all read what’s on the blackboard when the teacher calls on them. Teachers feel bad – they know what’s going on, but they’re powerless to help, so they stop calling on you.

It begins to affect your self-esteem. It certainly affects your ability to learn.

And this goes on for years. And years. And years.

You feel alone, abandoned.

The scary thing is, you’re not alone.

According to the American Optometric Association, “With an estimated 75 to 90 percent of all classroom learning coming to students via the visual pathways, nearly all tasks a child is asked to perform in the classroom depend on good visual skills…” (1)

The Vision Council of America estimates that 25% of school-age children suffer from vision problems that could have been addressed or eliminated if appropriate screening and follow-up had been in place upon entry to school (2), a figure that is echoed by the American Optometric Association, which says “25 percent of school-aged children have undiagnosed eye problems that inhibit their ability to read properly or cause fatigue, among other effects.” (3)

Now, what if there were simple, convenient, affordable eye exams that could be conducted in the classroom?

It could change everything.

It did for Jania Williams, the real student behind our example above. Her glasses broke in 2009, and, as she says in this video, “I couldn’t see from a distance. It was bad. My eyesight is bad.”

This year, as a Senior at New Visions High School for Humanities II in the Bronx, Jania finally got glasses after 7 years, thanks to the efforts of Smart Vision Labs.

We’re on a mission to help as many students see as possible.

We’re starting in our own back yard, but we’re looking for other schools and school districts around the country who want to help their students see clearly and succeed in school.

We’re putting our technology where the problem is because school boards and politicians and lobbying groups are failing our kids, turning a blind eye to the issue, ignoring students who just want to have the same opportunities as kids with better eyesight or more money.

We are proud to have helped Jania.

It’s time to help the rest of the country see more clearly.

Find out more at www.smartvisionlabs.com.

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  1. http://www.aoa.org/newsroom/health-reform-offers-better-childrens-vision-care-in-the-us?sso=y#_ftn2
  2. http://www.visionandhealth.org/documents/Child_Vision_Report.pdf
  3. www.norwichbulletin.com/article/20140817/News/140819579

 


Glasses or Contact Lenses - Smart Vision Labs

Should You Get Glasses or Contact Lenses?

To see or not to see…better. Okay, Shakespeare may not like that distorted version of a line from one of his plays, but deciding between glasses and contact lenses can be a big production. Luckily, there are several facts to consider, which may help to put the spotlight on the right choice for you.

Glasses

Wearing eyeglasses is ‘easy.’ Putting on a pair of glasses is both simple and quick.

Prescription glasses are usually very accurate in correcting vision problems. They can also be easily updated if your vision changes.

Glasses can make a fashion statement and can be trendy, cool, retro, or just plain glamorous.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can keep your vision problems secret. No one needs to know that you are wearing contacts.

The vision clarity with contact lenses is often considered to be greater than that of glasses.

Contact lenses won’t fog up or collect raindrops, both of which blur your vision.

Since they are worn right on the eyes, your entire field of vision is in focus.

The Care of Glasses and Contact Lenses

If you are still undecided, perhaps understanding the care of both eyeglasses and contact lenses will help you. Basically, eyeglasses need to be kept clean by spraying them with a cleaning solution and wiping them with a soft cloth.

Contact lenses also require a solution to properly clean them. The FDA recommends that you put the lens in the palm of your hand, apply a few drops of solution, and then gently rub the lens against your hand using your pointer finger and a back-and-forth motion. Even if you use a ‘no-rub’ solution, eyecare professionals encourage a quick rub to ensure the most efficient cleaning. ‘No-rub’ solutions are named because of their ability to disinfect the lenses with a soak and rinse process.

After rinsing the lens, put them in your clean lens case or holder with fresh solution. The key to wearing contact lenses safely is in the cleaning. The entire cleaning process literally takes only minutes and knowing the lenses are properly disinfected will ensure your eye health.

The cleaning solution is specifically designed to disinfect the lenses and to remove any buildup or residue. Having clean lenses not only contributes to better vision, but also minimizes the danger of developing an eye infection.

Why Not Both?

If you really cannot decide between glasses or contact lenses, why not have both? Many people today are doing just that. There might be times when either glasses or contacts suit your situation better. If you are on the computer a lot, glasses may help stop digital eyestrain that contact lenses wearers often experience.  Or perhaps you play sports and realize that glasses are not the best option.

A good tip to remember is that if you wear contact lenses, it’s best to have a pair of glasses in case you need to stop wearing the contacts. Sometimes, your eyes may be irritated or you might get an infection. Having a back-up pair of glasses will keep you vision clear while your eyes heal.

But whether you choose glasses or contact lenses, be assured that either of them will help you see better and give you the right ‘outlook’ on life.

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