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Usually I write here about food or daytrips in central PA. However, today I'm snowed in, as I expect you might be too, so I want to tell you about a little change I made that has (literally) changed my outlook on life.
About 6 months ago, I made the switch from 2-week contact lenses to daily lenses.
Sure, I throw on a pair of glasses when I'm running late or when my allergies are particularly bad. But for the most part, I spend my days in solidarity with the 38 million Americans who wear contact lenses.
For many years, my contacts were an afterthought. I changed them monthly, if I remembered (terrible, I know!), which I usually didn't. I forgot to pack contact solution when going on trips and had to run out to a drugstore late at night. Or I'd just do a water rinse and hope for the best. (Ow.) I'd lose track of the hours and leave my lenses in way too long.
But last year I was introduced to daily contact lenses by my eye doctor, and I can't tell you what an improvement they have been. It seems like such a small thing, both literally and figuratively, but it has really improved my quality of life. Now I tell anyone who will listen to switch to daily lenses.
Daily contact lenses are fitted specifically for my eyes. I've noticed my eyes feel less dry, and apparently that is due to the design of newer contact lenses, which allows for oxygen to pass through the lenses.
Also, there is no buildup of deposits or dust since the lenses are replaced every day. In fact, I mentioned to my eye doctor that my allergies seemed to have improved a bit since making the switch to daily lenses, and she attributed that to lack of allergen build up as well as a the chance of a slight allergic reaction to the contact lens cleaners and solutions. Who knew?
And the benefits go beyond just allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every 500 contact lens wearers contracts a serious eye infection that could ultimately lead to blindness. This happens because of improper care, and much of that is eliminated with a fresh set of daily contact lenses every day.
According to the CDC, most people (40-90%) are not following the right care instructions. I believe that number because I've been an offender before, leaving lenses in too long or skipping the cleaning solution. I shudder to think of the damage I could have caused!
These daily contact lenses are always clean because a fresh pair is used each morning. They make traveling a breeze because you just throw them into your cosmetic bag, no extra case or cleanser necessary (I usually pack a few extra pairs, just in case). While I don't have kids, I think daily lenses would be a great option for adolescents and teenagers who may be prone to losing or tearing the delicate lenses.
I sometimes alternate my lenses with glasses or take out my lenses to go to the gym, and I love that I no longer have to keep track of a case. Sure, it may seem like a small thing, but that's precisely the problem. My old contact lens case was constantly falling off my counter straight into the trash can (ew, right? I have a very tight bathroom in my apartment) or getting lost in my purse or cosmetic bag.
Look, this blog post has turned into my ode to daily contact lenses, but often the littlest changes can make the biggest differences in daily life. Sure, they're more expensive, but I wouldn't change the convenience and cleanliness of daily contact lenses for anything!
What small life changes have you made that have improved your quality of life? Leave your advice in the comments section below.
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