Environmental and Cruelty-Free Eye Care
We provide our patients with the highest quality products, but we are also conscience of our patient's financial needs and moral convictions. Many eye care products are tested on animals. Like most tests for drugs and medical devices, these tests are typically performed on rabbits.
No frame or lens technology is tested on animals. You can rest assured that any glasses you purchase are 100% cruelty-free.
The FDA does not require class II medical devices (contact lenses) to be tested on animals. Sadly, most major brands are both tested on animals and made by America's largest pharmaceutical companies. There are some smaller companies that produce cruelty-free contacts:
Contact Lens Solutions
There are many contact lens solution brands that have not been tested on animals:
The majority of ocular medications have been tested on animals, but some generic medications have not. Ask your eye care professional if it is OK to use a generic alternative to your ocular medication. Much eye disease is preventable, but not reversible. Always carefully follow your doctor's instructions on the use of medication. Information from the internet should cautiously augment, not overrule, your doctors instruction. If in doubt, please seek a second opinion.
Impact on the Environment
Ocular products are low weight, low material volume, and lack dangerous by-products. For this reason, our products have a very low-impact on the environment. The majority of environmental impact is due to the packaging of these products. Most ocular products are made with high-tech plastics that are not bio-degradable, but because of the high benefit and low purchase frequency, glasses and contacts are an important investment for any environmentalist.