25.05.2010

Contact lens wearers "must be wary of volcanic ash"

Contact lens wearers "must be wary of volcanic ash"

Posted by Alexa Kaczka

Contact lens wearers must take extra care to protect their vision due to the volcanic ash which remains in the air across Europe, it has been claimed.

Eilish O"Regan, writing in the Irish Independent, said that the ash can cause many problems for contact lens wearers if it becomes lodged in the eyes, and the best way to avoid this is to stay out of the air if there is a danger of falling debris.

Alternatively, she advised not wearing the contact lenses when there is a risk of ash being in the air, which is likely to occur in Ireland in the near future.

"The expert advice is that only a very low concentration of ash particles is likely to reach ground level in Ireland and this should not cause serious harm. People who wear contact lenses may want to avoid wearing their lenses in areas with ash fall," Ms O"Regan recommended.

Recently, the Health Protection Agency issued advice to contact lens wearers stating that, in areas where there is a heavy concentration of volcanic ash, they should aim to stay indoors if at all possible, or remove them if they have to go outdoors.

by Emily Tait


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