By Alexa Kaczka
For many people, contact lenses are the preferred form of vision correction and can provide them with an excellent means of going about their daily lives with the minimum of fuss, but there are a few things people need to bear in mind when the weather or atmosphere changes.
That is according to Keith Tempany, an independent contact lens specialist who was named Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year at the 2010 Optician Awards.
Offering advice to contact lens wearers travelling abroad in 2011, he explained that, as many people will be heading away on holiday in the coming weeks, it is important to think about how many contact lenses they will be taking and what they will do to ensure their regimen is not disrupted.
Mr Tempany advised: "With holidays the main thing to make sure of is hygiene. People are travelling to loads of different place these days, far and wide, and hygiene is the biggest thing. You need to avoid any sort of infection on the lens and clean them properly."
The expert pointed out that many hot places are great environments for bacteria to cultivate and grow and so people from the UK who are perhaps more used to operating in cooler conditions should be extra careful to ensure they maintain eye hygiene at all times.
He explained: "You have to consider hygiene in places that are very humid and warm, where bugs and bacteria can thrive quite happily and be doubly cautious."
His comments follow recent seasonal eyecare advice issued by ophthalmologist Dr Amit Chokshi, from the Chokshi and Coluccelli Eye Institute.
With summer now fully underway, people will be spending a lot more time outdoors, but it is on these occasions when many people expose themselves to the dangers of the sun's UV rays, he explained.
by Alexa Kaczka