Specsavers Street is encouraging contact lens wearers who have fallen behind on their check-ups to book an appointment.

Around one in four1 contact lens users don’t visit an optician for an aftercare appointment once a year, as recommended by opticians.

Store director and optometrist, Colin Shearer, said: ‘Contact lens wearers can feel apprehensive or guilty if they haven’t had their eyes checked for a long time. We want to give people who haven’t visited their optician in a while the chance for a fresh start and to make sure they have the most up to date advice and prescription.’

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 65.2

Colin continued: ‘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.

Staff at the store are 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 a free pair of glasses from Specsavers’ £45 and below range.

1 General Optical Council

2 General Optical Council  survey of 2,043 respondents who live in the UK and currently wear and buy contact lenses, sourced via the Respondi online panel. Research conducted by BMG research.

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