14.04.2010

Contact lens wearers "should still wear sunglasses"

Contact lens wearers "should still wear sunglasses"

By Alexa Kaczka

People who wear contact lenses should still wear sunglasses during the summer months, according to two experts.

Dr Stephen Trokel, an attending ophthalmologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, said that people should be aware of the potential dangers which UV light creates.

His recommendations were backed up by Dr Jessica Ciralsky, an attending ophthalmologist at the facility, who said that not everybody needs to wear sunglasses all the time, but when necessary, even contact lens wearers should ensure their eyes are protected.

"Wear shades over your contact lenses. People who wear contact lenses that offer UV protection should still wear sunglasses. Sunglasses are helpful for preventing the drying effect most contact lens wearers get, which is caused by warm wind," the experts advised.

Meanwhile, Dr Ronit Herzog, director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Komansky Center for Children"s Health at the same hospital, recently told allergy-suffering contact lens wearers that they can avoid watery eyes by staying away from areas with a high pollen count.

by Alexa Kaczka


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