A 2018 Arizona State University study discovered that around 1 in 5 contact lens wearers throw their lenses down the sink or toilet. This contributes to around 6 to 10 metric tons of plastic lenses to U.S. wastewater annually, posing dangers to marine life.
In this post, your trusted provider of quality eyeglass frames, Eye and Vision Care discusses how to dispose of your contact lenses.
Contacts Shouldn’t Go Down the Drain
Don’t flush contact lenses down the toilet or throw it into the sink. Used lenses can break into microplastics, which can be a threat to marine animals and microorganisms. It’s best to just throw them in the garbage along with your other household waste.
Ask Your Eye Doctor
Recycling programs are available for certain contact lenses, including the packaging. Ask your eye doctor for recycling options for your contacts. The majority of contact lens packs have a “number 5” label for recycling. Remove the foil on top and make sure that the plastic is clean.
Contact lens cases must be replaced every three months. Bacteria can create a biofilm on its surface, helping to conceal themselves from the disinfectant in the contacts solution. Fortunately, contact lens cases can be repurposed in creative ways.
Choose Longer-Wear Contacts
Wearing monthly lenses or eyeglasses more frequently can help in reducing plastic waste.
Don’t forget to wash your hands and dry them before wearing your contact lenses for the protection of your eyes and vision. Regularly visit your eye specialist for an eye exam for accurate contact lens and eyeglass prescription. For your eye care needs, turn to Eye and Vision Care, your local full-service family eye care center. Call us at (703) 659-2635 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We cater to patients in Haymarket, VA.