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 spent the weekend at New York Comic Con, which was an experience unlike any other I have ever had. I was blown away at the costumes that people wore (also known as cosplay). It was incredible the lengths that people would go to have just the right costume.

Really, there were some crazy extremes! It was like Halloween on steroids! Very entertaining, it was so much fun to see people’s expressions of the characters that they loved. Here’s some examples of what I saw.

Cosplay at NYCC14

One trend, though, that I didn’t love were people using cosmetic contact lenses. They were everywhere! Yes, they look cool, but at the same time, this is a scary idea to put something that doesn’t serve a functional and medical purpose  inside your eye! There were actual vendors selling a huge assortment of contact lenses, which really made me stop and think.  Would I use something like that on my own eyes?  Would I want my kids to wear them?  The answers are no and a resounding no!  I care far too much about the safety of my children’s eyes!  What exactly are you putting in your eyes when you are inserting a cosmetic device in them? What if something were to happen to them that would damage their eyesight? Not worth the risk.  So with that in mind, I wanted to share with you some helpful tips this time of year from Acuvue to help keep our eyes and those of our children healthy.

Healthy Eye Tips from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc

Contact Lens Safe Wear & Care: What You Need to Know

Purchasing 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. However, come the fall, many children, teenagers, and even adults begin to think about “who” or “what” they want to be for Halloween. And, a number of them are tempted to complete their look with decorative contact lenses bought without a prescription.

The Importance of Year-­‐Round Eye Care Hygiene: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., manufacturer of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses reminds us – especially teens – how important it is to practice safe contact lens wear and care – from obtaining contact lenses via a prescription from a licensed eye care professional, to practicing good hygiene habits when inserting/removing contact lenses as well as the importance of following wearing and replacement schedules, proper lens care, and disinfecting routines as directed by your eye care professional.

The Statistics: Halloween isn’t the only time of year that people try contact lenses without a prescription. According to the American Optometric Association’s 2013 American Eye-­‐Q® consumer survey, 17 percent of Americans have worn decorative contact lenses that don’t provide vision correction as part of a costume or for other cosmetic purposes. Of those individuals, 24 percent purchased them without a prescription from a source other than an eye doctor.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Eye Care Safety

Follow these tips to make sure that you are wearing and caring for your contact lenses safely and effectively.

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

I think these are great tips and reminders for us to take into practice.  I know I am guilty of stretching the life of my lenses a little too long or falling asleep with them in, when I should have taken them out. This isn’t something I want to carry over to my kids!

As a mom, I want to make sure I am very diligent in making sure my son is doing all he needs to do to keep his gorgeous eyes healthy.  My son has a super busy schedule, and so do I, so it can be a little too easy to slide on remembering to follow up with him to make sure he has taken his contacts out or performed the proper maintenance on them.  So it’s really cool to me that Acuvue has an awesome tool called the Acuminder to help with that.  My son (and I) can receive text messages to remind us when we need to change or reorder our contacts.  This keeps us both in check and making sure that our contacts are fresh and performing to the best of their ability.

Knowing what we do now, I know my son will make good choices when it comes to his eye health and will think twice about putting cosmetic lenses in his eyes.

You can learn more about Acuvue lenses and Acuminder by visiting the Acuvue website.