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Eye Care Tips For The Outdoor Enthusiast

It’s tempting to let the dark nights and cooler climes coax you into hibernation. But between autumn walks, fall festivals and colourful camping trips, there are plenty of reasons to leave your cosy nest in the weeks ahead. And when you do, you’ll want to enjoy your favourite autumn activities with the best possible vision. 

Outdoor aficionados can catch the autumn colours with complete clarity with these simple eye care tips.

4 Reasons to Consider Contact Lenses for Outdoor Activities

When it comes to outdoor pursuits, contact lenses are considered the most comfortable and convenient option for correcting your vision. Here’s why...

  • Better peripheral vision: Contact lenses sit directly on your eye, so vision, particularly peripheral vision, is unobstructed. 

  • Stable vision: Lenses won’t jostle around, slip down your face or fall off at inopportune moments. Halfway up a cliff face is no place to be fiddling with your glasses. 

  • Weather-friendly: Unlike glasses, contact lenses won’t be affected by adverse weather conditions such as rain and fog, nor will they steam up in sunnier climes. 

  • Compatible with headgear: Less cumbersome than glasses, contact lenses won’t interfere with headphones, helmets or sunglasses.

Outdoor Eye Care Tips

Contact lenses provide many advantages for outdoor enthusiasts, but in order to enjoy these freedoms, you'll need to practice proper lens care. Follow these simple strategies to keep your eye care in check this autumn. 

  • Carry back up supplies: Contact lens wearers need to carry some additional “comfort items” when hiking, biking, camping, or partaking in other outdoor activities. At a minimum, you'll need to pack a contact lens case, saline solution, an extra set of lenses (just in case), and a pair of glasses. 

  • Keep it clean: It’s important to be diligent about contact lens hygiene, especially after coming into contact with dirt and sweat. Always wash your hands before touching your lenses to minimise the risk of nasty bacteria entering your eye and causing infection. If clean water and soap are not readily available, carry hand sanitiser or wet wipes, but be sure to choose natural-based products without harsh chemicals such as Triclosan. 

  • Dealing with dry eye: Autumn’s cooler weather can leave your eyes feeling dried out and irritated. The most effective way to relieve dry eye is to increase the volume of water in the eyes using artificial tear drops. Eye drops are also conveniently available in travel-size containers for on-the-go use. 

  • Shield your eyes from allergens: Allergies tend to act up in autumn due to an influx of airborne allergens, such as mould spores or ragweed pollen. However, that doesn’t have to put a stop to your outdoor adventures. Pop on a pair of sunglasses and head outside in the afternoon when the pollen counts are lowest. 

  • Switch to daily disposables: Consider wearing daily disposable lenses to avoid the build-up of debris and allergens on the lens surface. You can simply remove and discard the lens at the end of a full day’s wear, without the fuss of cleaning or carrying solution – a smart alternative for camping trips. 

ACUVUE offer a huge range of daily disposable lenses including the enduringly popular 1-Day ACUVUE MOIST contact lenses. 

ACUVUE MOISTDesigned to be as porous as possible, the lens provides enhanced hydration by helping to keep moisture in and irritation out. The unique LACREON® Technology creates a long-lasting cushion of moisture that keeps your lenses comfortable all day, making them ideal for people who are prone to dry and sensitive eyes.

1-Day ACUVUE MOIST are also available for Astigmatism and Presbyopia.

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