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“Look Into Your Eyes…”

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Contact Lens Safety

Recent research revealed 75 per cent of contact lens wearers across Asia do not follow proper lens care. “It takes less than a minute a day to rub and rinse yet many patients don’t think it is important,” said Dr Chung Kah Meng, President of the Association of Malaysian Optometrists. Proper cleaning techniques lead to a dramatic reduction of microbes growing on the lenses, vastly lowering the risk of infection. Here are some key tips:

1. Rubbing and Rinsing
Safety is enhanced significantly by rubbing and rinsing contact lenses both prior to and following storage.

2. No More Than Seven Days
Lenses that have been stored for more than seven days, regardless of whether peroxide or multi-purpose solutions are used, should be re-disinfected before the next use.

3. No “Top Up”
Do not add more solution to the solution already in the case.

4. Do Not Use Tap Water
Never use tap water to store, clean or rinse your contact lenses as water is a common source of potentially damaging microorganisms that can cause sight-threatening infections.

5. The Right Kit
One of the highest risk occasions is going on vacation – an appropriate ‘travel kit’ should be carried and used.

6. Avoid Exposure at Pool

Another high risk occasion is exposing lenses to potential contamination from swimming pool or spa water – wear your goggles while swimming.

7. Not in the Bathroom
Storing your contact lenses in the bathroom carries a high risk of airborne contamination.

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