09.12.2010

Keeping eyes healthy "essential" over festive period

Keeping eyes healthy "essential" over festive period

By Alexa Kaczka

It is vital that people take adequate steps to protect their vision over the Christmas period, as this is a time of year when the eyes take more punishment than normal, one source has warned.

Sara Ward, an optometrist and contact lens practitioner, told Wales Online that Christmas parties and the like will involve people going out a lot more, which means more make-up being worn and contact lenses possibly being adopted when they would not usually be.

This means that people need to take extra steps to ensure make-up is removed to avoid infection and remember to remove lenses before bed.

In addition, people should be aware of when their contact lens supplier or optician is open so that they are not caught out during the festive period.

Ms Ward advised: "Make sure that you have all the contact lenses, glasses and solutions you need to get you through the holiday in case of accidents or emergencies."

Recently, Seattle Children's Hospital paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Francine Baran told King5.com that, as an increasing number of children and teens are beginning to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, it is very important that they are aware of safety procedures.

by Martin Burns


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