ABDO updates guidance on contact lens aftercare frequency

21 October 2019
Source: ABDO

The Association of British Dispensing Optician’s (ABDO) National Clinical Committee (NCC) has been working together with members, internal working groups, industry partners and ABDO’s Clinical Lead to ensure ABDO’s Advice and Guidance is current and reflects modern day practice. As part of this review the NCC has updated the ABDO guidance on contact lens aftercare frequency. ABDO Clinical Lead Max

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Contact lenses recall: 1-day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism – MHRA urges patients to check their boxes for recalled lots

1 October 2019
Source: MHRA

Users of certain Johnson & Johnson Acuvue daily disposable contact lenses are being urged by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to check their lenses, due to a voluntary product recall of specific lots initiated by the company. The affected lots may have particles on the contact lens or in the contact lens blister solution. If the particles

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AOP response to Channel 4 Supershoppers

29 August 2019
Source: The AOP

Rebuttal of consumer advice to buy online     The Association of Optometrists (AOP) believes the latest episode of Channel 4’s Supershoppers, broadcast on 28 August 2019, is unhelpful to patients buying prescription eyewear. The programme does not make consumers aware that buying online can cause problems for them later. It is important that a patient is fitted with glasses

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AOP responds to Fake Britain on counterfeit contact lenses

16 August 2019
Source: AOP

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the report from Fake Britain, broadcast on 14 August 2019, which raised awareness of the risks to consumers who have been unknowingly sold counterfeit contact lenses. In the UK, contact lenses can be supplied only under the supervision of a registered eye care or medical practitioner but we are aware that some online outlets

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BBC News: Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

16 January 2019
Source: BBC News

Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million soft lens users in the UK who can access

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Top tips for eye health in 2019

24 December 2018
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight  is sharing simple tips to help people keep their eyes healthy in 2019: Have regular eye tests You should have your eyes tested at least every two years. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, it’s still really important as a test can pick up certain eye conditions at an early stage, allowing you to get

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College of Optometrists issues advice for those wearing novelty contact lenses for fancy dress

31 October 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

Avoid a fright: College of Optometrists’ survey reveals over a fifth of people in the UK have worn or plan to wear novelty contact lenses   If you’re considering wearing novelty contact lenses this Halloween, you might be in for a scare! The College of Optometrists recently conducted research revealing over a fifth (22.8 per cent) of people in the

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College of Optometrists’ survey shows poor habits and hygiene in using contact lenses and eye drops

26 September 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

A survey commissioned by the College of Optometrists shows that many people using contact lenses are not using good hygiene and many of those using eye drops are applying them incorrectly. The research, conducted to highlight hygiene and compliance around eye care issues for National Eye Health Week*, also showed that almost a third (30.1 per cent) of people do

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BBC News: Plastic pollution: ‘Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo’

12 September 2018
Source: BBC News

Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic material then ends up in waste water treatment plants. The lenses are consequently spread

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College of Optometrists warns of the dangers of wearing novelty contact lenses on Halloween

27 October 2017
Source: College of Optometrists

If you’re thinking about wearing novelty contact lenses to add an eye-popping touch to your zombie or vampire outfit – think again. You may be putting your eyes at risk by using lenses bought from a non-reputable source or if you use them without the professional guidance of an optometrist, doctor or contact lens optician.   The College of Optometrists has

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