The opticians in Barrhead is encouraging contact lens wearers who have fallen behind on their check-ups to book an appointment.

Around one in four contact lens users don’t visit an optician for an aftercare appointment once a year, as recommended by opticians.

It comes as new research by the General Optical Council for Love Your Lenses Week (24-30 March) revealed that more than one in four (28%) contact lens wearers aged 18-24 don’t always wash their hands before handling their contact lenses. That compares to one in 20 (6%) of contact lens wearers aged over 65.

Keeping check on your contact lenses

Gail Thompson, store director at Specsavers in Barrhead said: ‘Contact lenses are safe when used properly but touching or rubbing your eye with unclean hands can spread infections so it is important to wash and dry your hands thoroughly every time you touch your eye.

‘I’d urge anyone who has missed their last contact lens check up to get in touch. ‘Our staff are always on hand to answer questions from people thinking about trying contact lenses.’

Specsavers offers a free contact lens trial so customer can try before they buy. Anyone who signs up to the direct debit package will also receive free aftercare, eye test and free pair of glasses from Specsavers’ £45 range.

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