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Favorite Find Friday: 1-Day Acuvue TruEye Lenses

Written on August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Contact lenses are one of those products that straddle the line between the beauty and health categories. I’ve been wearing them for over 15 years, never straying from my two-week disposables, and getting along just fine, but I always wondered how those few (ok, several) times I forgot to clean the case or the times I missed changing them on the right day could be affecting my eyes. It turns out, common mistakes like that could have seriously negative consequences, including infection and, in serious cases, blindness. Um, scary! So I consulted with my optometrist and decided to give 1-Day Acuvue TruEye Lenses (prices vary, acuvue.com) a try. This one-wear version is made of a super-breathable Hydrogel material so they feel comfortable without drying out your eyes. Another bonus: They offer the highest UV protection (blocking at least 96% of UVA and 99% of UVB radiation) available in a daily disposable. The best part for me was that you wear them for the day, then toss them; no cases or solution required. This makes them perfect for travel—just throw a few packs in your bag and go. I even trained for a triathlon wearing them, which anyone who swims knows that water inevitably seeps through even the best of goggles and into your eyes, and I had no issues with stinging or irritation. It seems pretty ironic that I couldn’t see what I’ve been missing all these years—until now!

Olympian Allyson Felix Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 14, 2011 at 10:10 am , by

Last week we had the privilege to sit down with Olympic silver and gold medal-winning runner Allyson Felix to discuss everything beauty and fitness! Sweeter than words, the world-champion runner is volunteering to mentor for the winner of the ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses 1-DAY Contest (click the link for information on how to enter). Felix said she trades in her glasses for 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST contacts in order to feel comfortable during her workouts and competitions. Here’s a peek at our conversation:

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Your Best Beach Accessory

Written on June 30, 2010 at 8:44 am , by

Whether you’re heading to the sand or just kicking it poolside this weekend, you know that sunglasses are a MUST for protecting the delicate, wrinkle-prone skin around your eyes. But did you also know that the sun’s rays can damage your actual eyes? We chatted with Dr. Eliot Grossman, LensCrafter’s eye expert, for his best tips on staying protected during this summer:

  • Look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure if yours are blocking the rays, see your eye doctor (the assessment only takes about a minute).
  • Wear contacts? While some lenses provide UV protection, they don’t cover your entire so you still need to slip on the shades.
  • You still need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast outside (radiation passes right through clouds) or if you’re in shady areas. Your eyes will still be exposed to rays that bounce from buildings, roads, water, sand, etc. Better to be safe than sorry!

Want more surprising sun protection scoop? Check out our Boost Your Sun Savvy story in our June 2010 issue. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/sun-care/skin-cancer-prevention/boost-your-sun-safety/