Protect Your Eyes This Summer

I am a contact lens wearer. I have been for years. But even before I ever wore contacts, I have been an avid sun glass wearer. I get crazy bad headaches if I am out in the sun without sun glasses. So they have always been a much needed part of my wardrobe.

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.

But if I am being honest, I didn’t put much thought into sun glasses for the kids. Sure Genghis had some when he was young. He liked the character themed ones and I think it made him feel a little more grown up. Then when we learned he actually needed glasses, prescription sun glasses seemed like a logical choice. With any outdoor activities, and playing baseball, we figured he would need some sun glasses but still be able to see.

Fast forward a few years and Miss Stalin loves to ‘dress up’. She likes necklaces, bracelets, she has a little purse that goes everywhere with us. So sun glasses were another one of those ‘everyone else has them, I need them’ purchases. Without a lot of thought into if she really needed them.

Then I learned that 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 alone made me realize that the little pink Minnie Mouse sun glasses were so much more than just a fun accessory. They were a way to make sure I can help protect her eyes.

Sun Glasses

Did you know only 2 percent of contact lens wearers follow all the rules for safe use? That’s not a lot of contact wearers following the safe rules for something we put directly on our eyes that allows us to see everything out there!

I was curious if I was one of the 2% of contact lens wearers who followed the rules. After all my eye sight is important to me and eventually if Genghis wants to try contacts, he is going to be asking me for the how to’s. So I had to check out Contact Lenses: Tips for Proper Wear & Care. I was happy to see that other than topping off contact lens solution instead of replacing it, I was following the rules. I know, I need to stop doing that!

And until now I had no idea that you could even get contact lenses with a UV protection in them.

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.

I was excited when I realized that I already wear ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses so I am already getting some UV protection from my lenses. I was however shocked to learn that UV damage doesn’t just come from being out swimming or in the full sun. UV rays can be reflected off water, sand, and even the grass and these rays can be even more damaging then direct sunlight.

For more tips on keeping your eyes safe and protected be sure to visit the Eye Health Center. You can also get more tips at The Sun & Your Eyes: What you need to know!

How do you protect your eyes?

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.