22.12.2011

Cold and wet weather "no problem" for contact lens wearers

Cold and wet weather "no problem" for contact lens wearers

By Alexa Kaczka

People will not suffer from any ill effects by going outside in contact lenses, even if the weather is bad, one expert has pointed out.

David Parkins, a spokesman from the College of Optometrists, said cold or wet weather should not cause any problems for contact lens wearers, noting that both soft and hard contact lenses can be worn in the cold as tears are "warm and salty" so there is no risk of freezing.

"Another benefit of contact lenses is that unlike spectacles, they do not steam up when you enter a warm room from outside," he added.

Mr Parkins added that, when out in "extremely cold" conditions, such as when skiing, wind chill can be more of an issue, so he would always recommend wearing protective goggles.

Recently, Dave Byrd, director of risk and regulatory affairs for the National Ski Areas Association, said he would "certainly" recommend people wear goggles while skiing and riding to ensure maximum safety on the slopes.

by Emily Tait


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