The Do’s & Don’ts of Contact Lens and Eye Care Safety

*Disclosure: I wrote this post 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.

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Last week, my daughter Maddy and I braved three days of New York City Comic Con. Each day, we saw dozens of people dressed in costume, celebrating their favorite comic book or pop culture icons.

Maddy at New York City Comic Con

Here’s Maddy at New York City Comic Con. A girl dressed as Korra – from the show Legend of Korra – is about to walk by her, and you can see a handful of other costumed attendees in the background.

Some of the “cosplayers” (as they are known) even wore special contact lenses to complete their look, and there were retail booths on the showroom floor advertising cosmetic lenses.

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Several online magazines highlighted the costumes of Comic Con, including the use of colored contact lenses.

Comic Con isn’t the only time people experiment with the use of colored contact lenses; with Halloween coming up, cosmetic contact lenses will see more mainstream use as people try to complete their Halloween costume or look.

My daughter Maddy wears daily contacts, and has never tried cosmetic lenses. Frankly, I don’t think she ever will. She values her eye health and proper vision, and knows that she should only acquire a contact lens from her eye doctor. In fact, according to information provided by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., manufacturer of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, a contact lens is a medical device and in the United States, all contacts lenses, even purely cosmetic ones, require a prescription from an eye care professional.

I prefer to wear glasses, but I’ve been amazed at how diligent Maddy is with her contact lenses and overall eye health and care. Even while we were on vacation in New York City, she was conscious of the “Do”s and “Don’t”s of eye care safety.

contact lens and eye care safety

DO:

  • Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.
  • Put in your contacts before you put on your makeup or any costume paint.
  • Remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or other problems and promptly contact your eye care professional.
  • Always remove, clean and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor

DON’T:

  • Wear another person’s lenses.
  • Wear lenses longer than the time frame recommended by your eye doctor.
  • Rinse your lenses in water from the tap or expose them to any water—such as swimming or showering—while wearing them.
  • Use anything aside from recommended solution by your eye doctor, such as saliva, to lubricate your lenses.

We discovered Maddy’s poor eyesight when she was just 4 years old. She wore glasses for many years until we were sure she could be responsible enough to wear and care for her contact lenses.

maddy's eyes

I love Maddy’s big brown eyes!

I’m grateful Maddy takes her eye health seriously, and I know that if she ever does become interested in trying cosmetic lenses, she’ll follow the advice given by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and seek professional assistance in getting a prescription for them.

For more information on contact lens and eye care safety, visit:

  • Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses: a resource with additional tips and information from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
  • ACUMINDER®: Keep track of your individual contact lens replacement schedule with the ACUMINDER® Tool, a free service that sends an automatic reminder via email and/or cell phone text message on when to replace contact lenses, when to order new lenses, and when to schedule an eye exam. Registration is free and open to all contact lens wearers.

This content was developed with the support of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.