How to Survive a Sandstorm Wearing Contact Lenses

With summer around the corner, get ready for dusty weather ahead! All is not lost for contact lens wearers! Use these 5 handy tips below to survive a sandstorm with your contact lenses.

  1. Wear sunglasses:
  2. This will help protect your eyes from dust particles and UV rays while giving a fashionable look! You can also wear plain glasses (without any number) and a big hat to help protect against dusty winds.

  3. Keep lubricant eye drops handy:
  4. Refresh your eyes as soon as you get back into the car or indoors. Do this as often as you need to feel comfortable. Make sure the drops are suitable for contact lens wearers. Avoid rubbing your eyes as this may further irritate them. Instead, keep a bottle of lubricant eye drops in your purse, desk drawer, and car so you always have them available to use.

  5. Hydrate:
  6. Dusty weather is not just irritating for the eyes but also drying. Keeping hydrated during the day can help fight dry eyes. Fill up on that water bottle and increase your intake of leafy greens. This will help replenish the natural tear supply of your eyes. These tears are essential for keeping your eyes hydrated and comfortable throughout the day. You may also want to skip on that extra cup of coffee during the day and replace it with a glass of lemon water instead!

  7. Always carry an extra pair of lenses:
  8. Keep a spare pair of dailies at work or in your bag with a bottle of solution. Some contact lens users, for example, find the 1-Day Acuvue Moist with 58% water content to be highly comfortable, whereas others are more suited for Acuvue Oasys 1-Day lenses which have lower water content but incorporate the HydraLuxe Technology that keeps eyes feeling moist and lubricated. Dailies Total 1 is another great option which releases a substance found naturally in your tears to help stabilize your eye's natural tear film and provide clear and comfortable vision throughout the day, even in the harshest of environments!

  9. Keep your glasses handy and switch to lenses indoors:
  10. In case you are planning to walk outside for an extended time, wear your regular glasses and keep your lenses in your bag for when you come indoors so you can quickly make the switch!

Follow these 5 simple tips and you will feel much more comfortable maneuvering in a dust storm! Remember to take care of your eyes and contact lenses and be sure to stick to your contact lens replacement schedule.

If you’re experiencing continued discomfort after following these suggestions, speak to your optician or consult an eye specialist.

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