Contact lenses wearers in India are being warned to take extra care of their eyes during monsoon season in the country.
Ophthalmic surgeon Dr Keiki Mehta told the Times of India that, while rainwater is relatively clean, the drips that fall from trees and buildings is not as it picks up a number of germs and microbes.
"Try not to look up when walking below buildings to prevent water dripping in the eyes. In case it does, dry your eyes and when you go home immediately wash with clean water," he advised.
Dr Mehta told the newspaper that people should wash their eyes out as soon as possible if they are splashed with water from the street floor, as this carries not only dirt, but often rubbish.
He also advised people to wear a pair of light-coloured glasses to protect their eyes from the wind, as this blows up dust and dirt.
Only recently, Parwez Hossain, a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital"s eye unit, told optometry.co.uk that young people are putting their sight at risk by not cleaning their contact lenses properly.
by Adrian Galbreth