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Contact Lens Safety Month


Contact Lens SafetyOctober is “Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month” and EYEcenter is taking steps to educate our patients in the best ways to care for their eyes through the safe use and care of contact lenses.

With Halloween coming up, colored contact lenses have become a popular new trend to add to one’s costume. But we warn that these kinds of lenses should only be prescribed through your EYEcenter optometrist or other eye care professional.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 45 million contact lens wearers in the United States. “Contact lenses are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA states that contact lenses are not over-the-counter (OTC) devices and companies that sell them as such are misbranding the device and violating Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations by selling contact lenses without having a valid prescription,” states Vision Monday in a recent report.

Halloween Contact LensesAlways visit EYEcenter or an eye care professional to be fitted for contact lenses before use. We also remind you how important it is to always keep your hands clean before eye contact. Never share or use cracked or old lenses. These can bring bacteria and other threats into your eyes which can have detrimental effects on your health and vision. Hygiene is so important when dealing with your eyes!

“Contact lenses can be a great alternative to eyeglasses for many, but we must do our part to make sure we are using and caring for them safely,” said Jeff Todd, president  CEO of Prevent Blindness. “A visit to an eye care professional must always be the first step before using any contact lenses, even for those that are only decorative.”

For more information on contact lens and/or Halloween eye safety, call us to schedule a contact lens consultation with an EYEcenter optometrist. Or click here to schedule an appointment today!

For some helpful tips regarding how to care for your contact lenses, please click here.

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Dear Patients:

Starting Tuesday, June 2, all five EYEcenter locations will be open for routine eye health and vision needs based upon recommendations from our professional organizations, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and directives from Governor Newsom’s office.

Your doctors and staff at EYEcenter will continue to provide you with the state of the art, advanced eye care services that you are used to. What will be different as part of our “new normal” will be policies, procedures, and safeguards intended to ensure the health and well being of our patients, doctors, and staff.

Click below for more information and updated clinic hours.