01.06.2011

Volcanic ash raises eyecare concerns once more

Volcanic ash raises eyecare concerns once more

By Alexa Kaczka

The volcanic ash emanating from the most recent Icelandic volcano to erupt has not only caused problem for airlines, as contact lens users have also been inconvenienced.

Micro-particles in the air can interfere with the comfort of contact lenses, which was evident during last year's much more damaging eruption, and experts are once again informing the public to be extra careful.

According to the Eyecare Trust, contact lens wearers in affected areas should aim to remove the products when going outside or wear wraparound sunglasses which can prevent micro-particles coming into contact with the lenses.

"Those most at risk include contact lens wearers and people who suffer from dry eye. Symptoms may also be worse in urban areas where air quality is already poor," the organisation stated.

Meanwhile, a recent contact lens safety warning was issued by car insurance company Swinton, which reminded drivers wearing contact lenses that they need to check their prescription regularly to ensure they are safe when hitting the road.

by Alexa Kaczka


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