During the winter months it's crucial that contact lens users keep their contacts clean and moist
Bellevue, WA (Vocus) February 9, 2009
Vision Direct, Inc., a leading online retailer of contact lenses in the United States wants to remind contact lens wearers that discomfort and possible infection from dry winter eyes can be easily prevented. Something as simple as remembering to blink more often makes a difference.
"During the winter months it's crucial that contact lens users keep their contacts clean and moist," said Christopher I. Clark, OD. "Moisture is the key when preventing dryness and infection in the eyes which often occurs as the seasons change and allergies are more prevalent."
Here are some simple seasonal tips to help contact lens wearers avoid dry and irritable winter eyes.
1. Blink often during dry winter months.
Contact lens wearers need to blink more often during the winter, especially if they use a computer. Eyes can have trouble focusing on pixels properly so people strain their eyes and often don't blink as much. This can lead to dry and tired eyes.
2. Ask a vision specialist about new types of contacts designed to retain moisture.
Some leading contact lens manufacturers have introduced new types of contacts designed specifically to retain moisture, providing more comfort for dry eyes. Both ACUVUE and CIBA VISION offer advanced products to combat dryness.
3. Try daily disposable lenses.
Because they are worn during the day and not overnight, there is less chance for protein, lipids, and germs to adhere to the lens. This can add moisture, eliminate discomfort and lower the chance of infection associated with some soft contacts.
4. Use proper wear and care techniques.
During the winter, it's especially important to follow the wear and replacement schedule for specific contact lenses. Be sure to clean, disinfect, and store contacts according to the directions provided by your eye care professional. This will help eyes stay healthy, contact lenses stay comfortable, and your vision stay clear.
5. Wash your hands. This simple step can help prevent debris and germs from getting on your contacts and in your eyes. Use warm to hot water and soap that is free of oils, lotions, and perfumes. Rub your hands together for 20 seconds and then rinse under running water. Having clean hands when handling contacts reduces the risk of lens discomfort and eye infections, which can be more prevalent during the winter.
Save Money on Contact Lenses
Vision Direct offers a "105% price guarantee" and will match any legitimate online competitor's standard price plus an additional 5% of the difference. The Vision Direct™ online store carries a complete line of contact lens products from leading manufacturers and offers custom lenses as well. The contact lens selection includes Acuvue, Focus DAILIES, Frequency, FreshLook and PureVision.
Also, contact lenses are FSA-eligible purchases. Many Flexible Spending Account plans require account holders to spend that money by March 15, 2009; others have a deadline by the end of the calendar year. Contacts are eligible purchases for the pre-tax health spending dollars in FSA accounts.
Vision Direct makes ordering contact lenses easy by handling the paperwork and prescription validation. Customers need a current prescription and the name of their eye doctor to fill out a form online. Vision Direct customer service representatives will follow-up with the doctor to confirm the prescription before shipping the contact lenses.
Vision Direct offers customer service by phone or email around the clock, free standard shipping on orders over $99, a variety of payment options from major credit cards to Bill Me Later®, and a feature to help customers manage FSA (Flexible Spending Account) records. Customers can sign up for email reminders to conveniently reorder contact lenses online at http://www.visiondirect.com or by calling 1-800-VisionDirect (1-800-847-4663).
About Vision Direct, Inc.
Vision Direct, Inc. is a leading online retailer of contact lenses in the United States and a wholly-owned subsidiary of drugstore.com, inc. (NASDAQ:DSCM). A wide selection of contact lenses and eye care essentials with guaranteed low prices is available at http://www.visiondirect.com.
Sr. Marketing Manager
Customer line: 1-800-VisionDirect (1-800-847-4663)
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