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Recycle Your Contact Lenses

Woman inserting contact lens, Fort Collins, COEver wonder where your contacts go when you throw them out? They are often incinerated, dumped in the landfill, or end up in the ocean which pollutes our ecosystems. Did you know that since 2016 over 14,000 pounds of contact lens materials and packaging have been recycled? You, too, could be part of TerraCycle’s zero waste initiative.

TerraCycle reuses, upcycles and recycles waste which moves waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy. Recycling billions of pieces of waste through various innovative platforms, this company offers free programs for your hard-to-recycle waste.

Eyecare Associates is proud to be a part of this modern-day solution. Each exam room is equipped with a small receptacle for all of your contact lens recycling needs. This includes the contact lens itself, the top foil, and the plastic blister packs; everything but the liquid.

You are welcome to bring your contact lens waste into our office, and our staff will be more than happy to ensure that it gets recycled properly. This is just one of the many things that Eyecare Associates is doing to help our environment and improve it for the next generation.

Recycle contact lenses - Fort Collins, CO


As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the CDC has recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community. We will follow their recommendations and close our office to regular eye exams until further notice.

Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?

1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination our office will contact you to reschedule
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call us at 970-221-4811.
5) If you have an issue that cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime, Skype or telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
6) During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.

We have asked our staff to stay home until further notice to protect them, our patients, our city, our nation, and our planet. Despite the financial and emotional hardships this will cause, we ask every one of you to do the same.

Together we will weather this storm.

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Eyecare Associates