February 2nd, 2011
When Do I Change My Contact Lenses?
I can be a forgetful person. If it’s not written down on my to-do list, I’ll probably forget to do it. So I wasn’t surprised when I learned that studies have shown many contact lens users don’t replace their contact lens as frequently as they should.
Now, instead of writing something down on a sticky note, or tying a string around my finger to help me remember when to change my lenses, I’ve been using a tool developed by our Vistakon business – www.acuminder.com. This free service sends me an automatic reminder via text message (though it can also send the subscriber an e-mail message) to let me know when it’s time to change my contact lenses. Since its launch, 40,000 contact lens wearers have registered.
One of the most common issues raised by contact lens wearers is forgetting which day to change their contacts. As a result, many use their lenses long after the recommended replacement date. Adherence to prescribed replacement schedules and recommended wearing schedules, as well as regular return visits to the eye care practitioner for yearly examinations, are essential to good eye health, which is why a reminder service such as Acuminder is so valuable. By not following instructions on proper wear and care, contact lens wearers are more likely to experience discomfort and may put themselves at greater risk for infection or other serious complications.
In a recent questionnaire, two-thirds of surveyed ACUMINDER™ users said they have improved their contact lens replacement. It may seem simple, but a friendly reminder can lead to healthier eyes.