on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
As Halloween is approaching and cosmetic (vanity) contact lenses are often in high demand, it is important to remember that a contact lens is a medical device and requires a prescription. Even though you may consider contacts an accessory or part of your costume, you should not disregard the fact that the health of your eyes may be at risk. Any contact lens that is not FDA approved may not be safe for use. In addition, it is imperative to understand and comply with the proper disinfection routine, the correct insertion and removal technique and the recommended wearing schedule. Not following proper care and handling guidelines can potentially lead to serious, sight-threatening eye infections. Another important fact to remember is to not share contact lenses with anyone else. Occasionally you will see fashion or costume contact lenses advertised online or on TV. Be cautious of any contact lenses advertised from a non-trusted source.
The potential dangers and risks of non-prescription contact lenses far outweigh any fashion benefit. Remember – to ensure the safest wearing experience, contacts require a prescription from a licensed eye care professional as well as the necessary wearing instructions and follow up care. Always consult an eye doctor before considering any type of contact lenses.
To find an eye doctor near you, please click here. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Congratulations to the top 20 finalists for Round 2 of our Gear Up Grants giveaway! Check out their stories and decide which team or athlete you think most deserves to win a $2,500 grant. You can vote once per day until November 15th, and with each vote, you're automatically entered in a sweepstakes to win free CooperVision contacts! Ready, set, vote!
on Thursday, October 14, 2010
Are you thinking about getting fit for contacts? Are you ready for a glasses-free alternative when playing sports or on the go? Follow these three easy steps and you’ll be on your way:
Step 1: Find the eye care provider closest to you using our Where in the World is My Practitioner? tool
Step 2: Talk to your parents about contact lenses. Do the research – think about what type of contact lens may best suit your needs and what modality works best for your lifestyle. Show your parents that you know your stuff – download the Rookie Playbook for information on how to wear and care for your contact lenses. Get familiar with the average costs of contact lenses and brainstorm ways you can contribute to the cost.
Step 3: Try them out! Get fit with a free trial pair of contact lenses - print off our free* trial certificate and bring it with you to your next visit with your eye care practitioner.
For more resources and information, please visit www.mycontactsports.com or www.coopervision.com.
*By prescription only. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees.
on Monday, October 4, 2010
As part of our Contact Sports initiative to educate and promote the importance of eye health, we recently awarded $25,000 in grants to help teen athletes succeed in sports. Athletes on the winning teams who need corrective lenses were also awarded a year supply of contact lenses. Congratulations to our ten winning teams!
- Lake High School Volleyball Team, Toledo, Ohio
- Dryden High School Varsity Girls Swim Team, Dryden, N.Y.
- Illinois Valley High School Soccer Team, Selma, Ore.
- Woodstream Christian Academy Varsity Basketball Teams, Bowie, Md.
- Victor Senior High School Blue Devils Marching Band, Victor, N.Y.
- Manvel High School Girls Soccer Team, Manvel, Texas
- Orlando Thunder Water Polo Club, Orlando, Fla.
- Grover Cleveland High School Boys Soccer Team, Buffalo, N.Y.
- Blue Wave Aquatics Swim Club, Elkhart, Ind.
- Kahuku High School Girls Volleyball Team, Kahuku, Hawaii
Visit our teen dedicated website to read their stories. Good luck this season to our grant winners!