31.05.2011

New UV contact lenses "need caution"

New UV contact lenses "need caution"

By Alexa Kaczka

Caution needs to be exhibited among people who invest in new contact lenses which claim to be able to block out the sun's harmful rays while still letting UV light into the eye, it has been claimed.

Dr Jeffrey Weaver, executive director of the American Board of Optometry in St. Louis, Missouri, told the Wall Street Journal that he believes contact lenses can offer protection against UV rays, but should be used in conjunction with other safeguards.

Meanwhile, Stephen Cohen, past president of the Arizona Optometric Association, said that contact lenses which contain UV blocking abilities only really have the downside of being limited in choice, though he still advises caution.

"I recommend a triad. A hat with a brim, blocking rays from above, sunglasses with a wraparound and, for those who wear contacts, UV blocking," he added.

Meanwhile, Bebe Teo, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Singapore's general manager and regional key account director, recently unveiled the 1-Day Acuvue Define Range, which she claimed can protect against the sun's harmful UV rays.

by Martin Burns


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