March 31, 2021
Did you know that you can help the planet every time you dispose of your used contact lenses or when you buy a new pair of designer frames? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Who could imagine the world made better by taking care of your eyes? Pro-Optix Eye Care, that’s who!
In April, your favorite Houston eye doctors are holding a special celebration for Earth Day, but we’re friends of the environment all year long. Every entity, whether a person or a business of any size, can play an active part in preserving the Earth and taking care of her for generations to come. We’ve committed to doing our part, and you can help us achieve our goal!
When it comes to recycling daily wear contact lenses, many people have absolutely no idea that this program even exists. Most people simply throw them away, not knowing they can pitch in to save the planet by collecting them and bringing them to us for recycling. Almost 45 million Americans wear contact lenses at least part of the time. These millions of wearers help clog our waterways with their discarded lenses.
An Arizona State University study of contact lens wearers found 15-20% of those surveyed were washing them down the drain of their sink when they were done using them…or horror of horrors…flushing them down the toilet! Nationwide, that would mean 1.8 billion to 3.36 billion contact lenses could be flushed every year, resulting in 20 to 23 metric tons of deadly plastic pieces floating in our wastewater each year.
Contact lenses don’t decompose easily because they’re medical devices designed to withstand rough handling and a little bit of abuse. Because they’re so tiny and flexible, they simply slip through the filters designed to keep nonbiological waste out of wastewater treatment facilities. Flushed contacts, or those dumped down the sink, will end up contaminating the environment. And if you place them in your trash, they become part of the plastic that spends decades in landfills. Their small size also means they can’t be thrown in to standard recycling bins. Local recycling facilities aren’t set up to handle such tiny objects, and they’ll end up in a landfill anyway.
The easiest way to ensure your old daily wear contact lenses are processed and given new life as playground sets, park benches, picnic tables and garden beds is to collect your used lenses, blister packs and foil and bring them to us! You don’t have to wash out the packs, just make sure they’re free of any liquid. We’ll take your recycling from any manufacturer, not just from the brands we carry. Simply store them in a Ziploc bag, a plastic container, paper bag or even a box – whatever you have handy. When the container is full, or when you happen to be nearby, we’ll be glad to take them off your hands. You can even ask your family and friends to pitch in! If they don’t live near our office, simply give them the link to this website and they can use it to find an “eye doctor near me” to contribute to the cause.
And if you’re in the market for a new pair of glasses, you need to see our gorgeous new Chloe frames. Whether you’re looking for a stylish alternative to wearing your contacts or just ready for a change, these pieces are the perfect fit for your needs. They’re both stunning and environmentally conscious - ask us about our castor seed frames! Yes, we have bio-based, transparent frames that are actually made from seeds. They’re lightweight, tough and resistant to chemicals, and made with a special process that reduces CO2 emissions and produces a lower carbon footprint.
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