30.09.2010

Good hygiene "essential" when wearing contact lenses

Good hygiene "essential" when wearing contact lenses

By Alexa Kaczka

It is essential that contact lens wearers exhibit high standards of hygiene when handling or storing the products, one source has advised.

According to the Arab Times, before applying, removing, cleaning or handling the products in any way, wearers should be sure to wash and dry their hands thoroughly.

"Wash with mild soap and warm water and dry them with a lint-free towel to ensure that your hands are free of bacteria and debris," the source advised.

In order to ensure that the case remains clean and sanitary, wearers are advised to replace it every three to six months, while also ensuring that they follow all cleaning instructions that were provided by an optician or manufacturer.

"Strict hand, fingernail and eyelid cleanliness while handling lenses is important," the source explained.

Earlier this month, eye expert and qualified optician Richard Pakey told Journalism.co.uk that many contact lens wearers are neglecting their eye health by not heeding warnings about the dangerous acanthamoeba parasite.  

by Alexa Kaczka


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