Vision Care Plus offers contact lenses to help improve your visual health and comfort. They may be one of the safest forms of vision correction, but not handling them the right way increases the risk of developing lens wear-induced infections. In addition, improper disposal of these devices also poses a threat to the environment.
In today’s post, your local eye care services provider discuss what you need to know about proper contact lens disposal.
Contact Lens Use and Disposal by the Numbers
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), around 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Unfortunately, 15 to 20 percent of them flush used lenses down the sink or toilet. This equates to a yearly estimation of six to 10 metric tons of plastic lenses ending up in wastewater.
Once wastewater is diverted to treatment facilities, the lenses break down into microplastics. These microscopic particles can pose a risk to marine animals and other aquatic organisms. With these polluting rivers, streams and oceans, the entire food supply chain may become compromised.
Recommendations for Proper Contact Lens Disposal
All eye care specialists are bound by their duty to educate patients on how to best care for their contact lenses and their eye health. Apart from our reminders regarding keeping track of when to replace your lenses, we also advise our patients not to flush lenses down the sink or toilet.
Also worth noting is the fact that certain contact lens packs are stamped with number five, which indicates that they are recyclable. When recycling these products, simply ensure that the top foil is removed and the plastic is clean. Even the boxes and the cleaning solutions can be recycled. Just look for a recycling initiative nearby to drop-off your used lenses.
For your eye examination needs and other eye care-related services, turn to Vision Care Plus. Make an appointment with us by calling (844) 201-5900 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Camrose and Drayton Valley, AB.