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"No Water" Warning for Contact Lens Patients

‘No water’ warning for contact lens patients expressed by contact lens group

July 2013

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has produced ‘No water’ stickers for its professional members to use, to remind their contact lens patients to not allow water to come into contact with their lenses or case.

New symbols have been designed for manufacturers of lenses and solutions to include on their packaging to bring home the considerable dangers of using water to rinse, claen or store contact lenses and their cases.

The symbols are a modification of those used to mark lens boxes as right or left eye and include a ‘no water’ graphic designed by contact lens wearer, Irenie Ekkeshis, who contracted acanthamoeba keratitis by this very mistake said: “Acanthamoeba keratitis is a serious and debilitating eye infection, which has had a profound impact on my own life. The fact the BCLA is including my ‘no water’ design on their new stickers is a huge step forward, and I am pleased to be working with them to encourage contact lens manufacturers to add a similar warning to their packaging.

“The chances of contracting this very rare, but awful, infection can be minimised by following a simple rule: contact lenses and water should never mix. My hope is that my simple graphic hammers home that message, reminding practitioners to reinforce the warning when dispensing contact lenses and reminding contact lens users every time they open a new box,” Irenie added.

Immediate Past BCLA President, Dr Catharine Chisholm, who liaised closely with Irenie over the development of the stickers, said: “We decided to produce the stickers for members because of the continued apparent lack of awareness of the risks of water coming into contact with lenses and lens cases.

Water is considered in the UK to be a good cleaning solution for many things but in truth it contains many harmful bugs that will adhere to contact lenses and can cause serious damage to the cornea under the lens that can result in loss of sight and a very painful condition.

You heard it here....Stay away from the water from tap, or swimming pools !!

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