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When You Should Replace Contact Lenses?

When You Should Replace Contact Lenses?

If you wear contacts often then there is a high chance that you don’t change your contacts as much as you should which is common in lens wearers.  Over half the amount of lens wearers don’t even know when they are supposed to change to a fresh pair. Replacing your old contacts on a routine is important to ensure the health of your eyes and sight. We replace coffee filters and vacuum bags when we need to and change the oil in our vehicles when it gets dirty to keep our cars running smoothly.

If you do this to avoid problems occurring with your appliances and vehicles then you need to be doing the same for the only set of eyes you have. Remember you cannot rush to the store and buy a new set when they don’t work anymore.

It can be confusing for some to know which type of lenses are the most suited for them.

Here are a few types of contact lenses:

  • Extended wear lenses
  • Daily wear disposables
  • Monovision lenses
  • Rigid gas permeable
  • Spherical lenses
  • Toric contacts
  • Colour tinted contacts

The most commonly set of contacts that are worn are the soft contacts. It doesn’t matter whether you are wearing prescription contacts or wearing coloured contact lenses you must  follow proper care guidelines. You do not want to risk an eye infection or the chance of losing your sight.

1 in 500 people get eye infections each year. You don’t want to experience this type of problem which can be avoided by changing to fresh lenses when you are supposed to. Talk with your eye doctor about when the best time to change your type of lens.

Sometimes you might need to change your lenses earlier than recommended. Here are the three common sing you need to change your lenses.

Cloudy Lenses

This can be a sign that there is bacteria present. Ensure you are using fresh medical solution when you are cleaning and putting your contacts away. Don’t add fresh solution to old solution and don’t top up your container with fresh solution mixed among old stuff. This will increase the chances of a bacteria growing. Ensure you wash your hands with antibacterial soap and dry them with a clean cloth before handling your contacts. Look after your eyes, and rather wear a spooky pair of coloured contacts for Halloween than a ghastly eye infection.

Damage, tears and nicks

If any damage or small nicks occur in the lens it can allow germs to reach the eye and even scratch the cornea and cause infections. Keratitis can occur which is very painful and requires treatment from a doctor.

Irritation and discomfort

This can be a sign that something is not right with your lenses. Pain in the eye can occur when there is a presence of irritants and germs. Make sure you are using fresh solution, changing your contacts when required and making sure to replace your eye lens case every three months. Keeping up a good hygiene practice is super important when wearing contact lenses.

You can increase the health of your eyes and the life of your contacts by following the orders of your professional eye doctor and the recommendations for when you should be changing the contacts. Look after your eyes, think about what you wouldn’t be able to do without having any sight.

Designing Your Own Shop Window Product Display

Designing Your Own Shop Window Product Display

There’s a lot of selling potential in a window product display. Initially, it should entice passers-by with an allure of how good the products are, and motivate them to check out the store. In doing so, you are hopefully turning them into potential customers (which can generate sales). This is the simple but logical reason for decorating your shop window with a metal display stand. But yet again, it holds a bigger purpose too: of reflecting what your brand stands for. While the window design serves as a creative playground for the one who decorates it, what are the elements that are important to include? 

  •  A clear message

While you want to attract an audience with something extraordinary, let us remind you not to clutter your window with unnecessary things. Include for example one beautiful piece of wire furniture – a statement piece – but don’t crowd the space. It all needs to be there with the purpose of conveying a message. Leave a little mystery for your potential buyers by focusing on one theme or one purpose. For example, in Australia, we celebrate Christmas during summer – but having both Christmas/winter style products and summer products on display at the same time could confuse customers and look unattractive. Instead, settle on one of the themes and then stick to it. Avoid a clash of seasons or confusing ideas by setting parameters and by following the store’s philosophy and brand-profile.

  • Combined design forces

While great storytelling (through a window display) usually drives people to take a second look, you could create an impressive impression that prompts them to talk about it with friends, family or colleagues. For example, if your store collaborates with a brand that uses environmentally friendly resources, you may bring out that idea through your window display vision and at the same time showcase your products. This strengthens the impact and may generate noise amongst online communities (where free advertising thrives through consumer-generated posts on social media).

  • Simplicity

The clearer the idea, the more a brand message or visual is retained in a consumer’s mind. Here you can use texts to communicate your main ideas. For example, if you put the word SALE side to side with your products, anyone walking past the store window will receive the message loud and clear. Let’s say I’m NIKE, and I aim to advertise my new collection of running shoes. If I would display a mannequin running on a treadmill, with a text that goes “One day or Day One… Just Do It.” I used its tagline, with the addition of only 5 words. How do you think the collection would sell? What people would filter? Do you think a pedestrian would take a photo of it and share it on her social platform? What is the extent of the motivation behind it? 

It’s simple, to the point, and the product is there making it happen. 

  • Inspiration (to the right degree)  

A stroll is not a stroll if you let go of your soul wander off into the universe. By that, I mean that if you are driven to see inspiration in anything, your casual stroll can be the ultimate source of your idea for the display. Be on the lookout. Admire others’ work while taking in what you can learn from them. If you are vigilant and look out for great designs in your everyday life – you’ll be surprised as to how much inspiration you can find! 

  • A safe and practical construction

The sky’s the limit when coming up with the theme, focus and the final idea for your display. There are challenges though when you dig into reality. Consider budget and resources as examples of practical things you need to consider. If you only have a certain amount, yet you are holding onto a lot of rubbish, push your creativity to a higher level by using something recycled, reused or refurbished. In short, just maximize what you got and make it work harder for you. Awareness is key, so start from there and look at every angle for the best perspective in making your brand seen and worthy of a “Lemme take a look inside.”