August is Back-to-School Eye Health Month

It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t already, you will soon start to see yellow school buses passing by your street or neighborhood. Yes, that’s right, we are now in the middle of August and kids are starting to head back to school. The start of the school year also means kids are busy with after school activities, before having to start their homework, eat dinner, and get to bed at a decent hour. That sounds like very little time for another important activity for some junior high and high school students. Many students at this age start to wear contact lenses and with very little extra time, tend to be poor at caring for their lenses. As a result, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has declared August Back-to-School Eye Health Month, and is providing tips for teens and their parents on how to properly care for their contact lensess. Research has shown that poor contact lens care practices by teens and young people raise their risk of serious eye conditions. So, please take a moment to carefully read through these tips. They truly are simple and can prevent eye infections if followed.
1. New quarter, new case: Replacing your contact lense case every three months will help keep germs at bay
2. Avoid water:  Our tap water is clean enough to drink but not for cleaning the lenses. Also, avoid showering, swimming, etc with the contact lenses
3. DO NOT sleep in your contact lenses
4. If you notice redness or other irritation, CONTACT YOUR OPHTHALMOLOGIST IMMEDIATELY. 
REMEMBER: These serious eye infections are preventable if you follow these simple tips. Definitely check out AAO’s article, Contact Lense 101: a Back-to-School Must for Teens to learn more! You can read further with a simple click right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Taustine Eye Center: (502) 458-9004.
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