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Our check-in and intake process are completely paperless, we use an online portal and have implemented EHR (Electronic Health Records) for recordkeeping. We also no longer perform insurance verifications on paper.
Although many patients prefer for prescriptions to be printed out, we do encourage emailing glasses and contact lens prescriptions. If any material must be printed out, the practice uses at least 30% postconsumer recycled paper.
Our practice also reuses order boxes from our local optical lab to reship orders.
We utilize software that allows the doctor to view all imaging and tests performing during the examination process, electronically in each exam room. This avoids printing a copy of the results.
Lenses that are washed down the drain typically are conveyed to wastewater-treatment plants. The study showed that wastewater plants fragment them into microplastics, which accumulate in sewage sludge. For about every two pounds of wastewater sludge, a pair of contact lenses typically can be found.
Sewage sludge is an abundant material routinely applied on land for sludge disposal and soil conditioning, thereby creating a pathway of macro- and microplastics from lenses to enter terrestrial ecosystems where potential adverse impacts are poorly understood.
Entry of wastewater-borne contact lenses into aquatic environments is also a potential concern, although it was not directly observed in the study. However, it is known that run-off from sludge-amended soils can pollute surface waters. Fragmented contact lenses also may pass through the wastewater-treatment plant to enter surface waters as microplastics contained in reclaimed water. Aquatic organisms are known to mistake microplastics for food, introducing the indigestible plastics into long food chains.
Overall, contact lenses by nature cannot be as eco-friendly as eyeglasses because they must be made with non-biodegradable plastic. However, that shouldn’t stop contact lens companies from thinking about their manufacturing and packaging processes.
If patients must wear contact lenses to support their health or lifestyle,
here are a few options available to them:
All their packaging is 100% recycled and their ReNu lens solution bottles are recyclable.
All ACUVUE containers are now made with 30% recycled cardboard instead of
plastic and their contact lenses use less packaging than other brands overall.
TerraCycle and Bausch + Lomb have partnered up to create a free recycling program for all brands of contact lenses, blister packs, and foil lids.
Participating in this program is completely free and extremely easy!
Simply drop off your used contact lenses, blister packaging, and foil lids.
PLEASE do not bring in the cardboard boxes the contacts come in as they are recyclable in your standard municipal recycling.
When our recycle bin is full, we will ship to Terracycle, where contact lenses and blister packs are separated by composition. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister pack components are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products. Other materials are recycled into raw formats that manufacturers use to make new products.
Donate your old eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses to the Lions Club through our office. They accept both prescription and non-prescription eyewear. Volunteers sort, clean and determine the prescription strengths of the glasses. They are then packaged and stored them until they are required for eyeglass dispensing missions around the world. At mission sites, eye care professionals and trained Lion volunteers perform vision screenings and dispense the appropriate recycled glasses, free of charge, to children and adults in need. Broken, unusable glasses are recycled, keeping them out of landfills and providing “scrap to cash” income that can aid local community projects.
When possible, we do our best to use and sell items and products that have minimal or no impact on the environment. One of the most exciting non-toxic additions to in-office products available for patients are made by “We Love Eyes”. This innovative company proudly uses kraft paper for their secondary packaging from day one. In 2019, they began sourcing and testing new materials to promote a circular economy and a happier planet. Formula allowing, 100% of their products are in glass, post-consumer recycled, and/or bio-based materials with the mindfulness towards refillables and monoplastics for easy recycling.
We use LED lighting throughout to save on energy
usage by integrating ENERGY STAR-rated products that use at least 75% less energy. If feasible, we also utilize Eco-Lights, a low-wattage type of lighting made from recycled materials, ecologically harvested timber, and other earth-friendly ingredients
We have ionization units installed on our rooftop HVAC air intakes, which then deliver clean indoor air that is safe and healthy, producing neither ozone nor other harmful by-products. The ionization units purify the air by eliminating airborne particulates, odors, and pathogens. We also have HEPA filtering units in each of the rooms in the office to further provide healthy air.
Beyond the routine office operations, our practice also focuses on giving back to the community through neighborhood clean-ups, especially around the Normandy Park Town Center.
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