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Make sure you pack a contact lens case for your next campaign trip, to avoid being left stranded without your visual aids.

If you really can’t stand wearing glasses, or need to wear contact lenses so you can show of your snazzy new sunglasses this summer, then make sure you are properly equipped for next camping trip with a contact lens case.

There has recently been a rise in the number of contact lens wearers presenting to doctors with Acanthamoeba keratitis eye infections, which are a result of not cleaning your contact lenses properly. Moorfields Eye Hospital launched a campaign to make people more aware of this a couple of years ago, and laid out some tips for avoiding it.

It is particularly important you adhere to these tips when camping as you are away from your normal conditions and options to clean them may be limited.

Make sure you are using your contact lenses appropriately, and not swimming with contacts in for example. You may also want to make sure you don’t have them in while you are in the campsite showers as that can also lead to infections.

Bring along your normal supplies but make sure you can clean your hands with soap and water. If this isn’t possible, then don’t use your contacts.

Wear glasses if necessary. You may need to bring along an old pair just in case you lose your contacts, or you aren’t sure if you can keep them sufficiently clean.

While it’s true that transferring your lenses from contact lens case to eye isn’t the easiest job when you start out, don’t be put off wearing them – you’ll get the hand of it in the end and soon it’ll become second nature.

If you need some evidence of the fact, meet John Lien Margetis a double amputee from Los Angeles who made headline news this week in the likes of the Daily Mail with his amazing technique for putting in his lenses.

Margetis released this video last week, saying “As an amputee, I’m frequently asked how I do things” and the video quickly went viral down to his incredible dexterity.

The video shows him pick up the lens with a pair of tweezers before transferring to the end of his arm, lastly popping them in with a call of ‘ta-da!’

At the time of writing, the video has been watched 75,000 times and YouTube fans are loving getting this perspective on how someone with a disability may have to innovate in putting in contact lenses.

Margetis was born with congenital amputations of both arms, but clearly has evolved his own ways of doing everyday tasks.

His YouTube channel also features videos such as writing, typing and riding a bike so far, but now, with some viral fame on his side, we’re surely going to see more incredible videos from him.

This video is inspiring in lots of ways, least of all as a good example to those moaning that they can’t get their contacts in at first.

Whether you wear contact lenses, glasses or don’t need anything, there’s one thing we all need to do less of – and that’s look at screens.

This is according to new research conducted at University Complutense in Madrid, Spain. The Daily Mail reported on the findings, which reveal that our eyes are being irreversibly damaged by the high energy light emitted by digital screens.

The study found that this light damages retinas, and has prompted fears that more people could lose their sight as they get older as a result of high digital screen use.

In particular, there are concerns for children who are exposed to such technology from incredibly young ages.

Dr Ceila Sanchez-Ramos, lead researcher, told the newspaper: “It is paramount for adults and parents to act now and protect themselves from further damage.”

As a result of the findings, Dr Sanchez-Ramos has developed a filter known as Reticare, which changes the frequency of the light emitted by screens to make it far less damaging.

The use of tablets is particularly damaging for children’s eyes, because they hold the devices closer to their faces than adults do, and as a result receive three times more short wavelength light, which is what causes the damage.

Scientists around the world are increasingly examining our lifestyles to see how screen time harms our health, and what can be done to combat it. Last year, a new contact lens to combat digital eye fatigue was released.

Of course, if you wear contact lenses, make sure you take good care of them. Storing them in a proper contact lense case is one way to ensure they are always safe for you to wear.

The next generation of contact lenses could be on its way sooner than you may imagine, after Google founder Sergey Brin hinted that the internet giant has been working on smart contact lenses.

Digital TV Europe highlighted Brin’s hints, which he made during a Q&A session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Talking about projects being working on by the company’s Verily Life Sciences, he said: “They wanted to put a computer in a contact lens. I said go and do your crazy thing… Yet here they are a few years later doing serious studies in a serious partnership.”

According to Brin, the smart lenses are being developed in partnership with Novartis and Alkon and are hopefully going to be released to market in the not too distant future.

The website explained that one of the smart lenses being developed by Verily and Novartis would help monitor people’s health, such as those with diabetes.

It also revealed that Verily has filed a patent for a smart contact lens that is inserted into the eyeball. In this instance, the new smart lens would replace the natural lens in someone’s eye, although it’s not yet clear what this smart lens would allow you to do.

While that would mean you wouldn’t have to worry about removing or inserting your contact lenses any more, it could be a step too far for some people. Having a contact lens case and taking care of your eye health seems like a less drastic option.

But this isn’t the only potential advance being made in the area of contact lens technology, with CooperVision releasing a lens last year that’s designed specifically to help combat digital eye fatigue.

If you wear contact lenses, you need to make sure you know all there is to know about fungal eye infections so you can prevent them from happening to you. Luckily, such infections are very rare but they can be quite serious if you do come down with one so it’s best that you know what the symptoms are in order to protect yourself properly.

You can start experiencing symptoms from between a couple of days to a couple of weeks after the fungi has entered the eye, and you may well start experiencing eye pain, redness, blurred vision, discharge, excessive tearing and sensitivity to light. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately and if you do wear contact lenses, make sure you take them out straightaway.

The most common way you can get an infection is through an injury to your eye, but you can also experience problems after eye surgery or an injection. Contact lens solution has been known to cause eye infections as well, so make sure you always clean and care for your lenses properly.

Treatments for eye infections depend on the type of fungus involved, how bad it is and the parts of the eye that have been affected. You may have to use anti-fungal eye drops, medication as a pill or through a vein, or injected into your eye. If it’s severe, you may be required to have eye surgery if you don’t respond to your anti-fungal medication in the first place.

Check out the Optipak website to stock up on more contact lens case.

Be aware that if you’re pulled over the by the police and fail a roadside eyesight test you could actually have your driving license revoked.

This is exactly what happened to 63 drivers in Essex in 2016, who had their licenses taken away for this exact reason by the local police force. They failed tests at a distance of 20m and were judged therefore to present a severe risk to both drivers and pedestrians.

Casualty reduction manager at Essex Police Adam Pipe said: “We often receive calls from members of the public concerned about their elderly relatives’ safety behind the wheel and in these cases our officers will have a conversation about their circumstances and discuss the implications their health could have on their driving ability.”

A new fast-track procedure was brought in back in February 2013 by the DVLA that gave police the power to request for licences to be revoked within hours of someone failing an eyesight test.

For car drivers, you need to be able to read a car number place from 20m (with glasses or contacts if necessary). At the beginning of your practical driving test, you’ll be asked to read a number plate on a parked vehicle. If you’re unable to do this, then it’s an automatic fail, the DVLA will be notified and your licence will be revoked.

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Fresh warnings have been issued about the dangers of wearing contact lenses for longer than recommended after a woman from Liverpool tore off part of her cornea trying to remove a lens that had been in place for ten hours – two hours longer than the recommended maximum eight hours.

Meabh McHugh-Hill has been told she was extremely lucky not to lose her sight, but will no longer be able to wear contacts due to the damage to her eye.

She explained that she’d suffered from dry eyes regularly since she was 18, but used eye drops to keep them moist rather than wearing contact lenses less frequently.

The 23-year-old said she rushed upstairs to take her lenses out while watching a film and didn’t moisten her eyes first. She’d been wearing the lenses for around ten hours, and her eyes had become so dry that the lens had become glued to her eyeball.

In her rush to remove the lens, she tore her eye, and had five days of excruciating pain and extreme light sensitivity while her eye began to recover.

Dr David Allamby of London’s Focus Clinic told the Mirror that people need to be more careful about wearing contact lenses.

“Contact lenses need to be treated with great care and the dangers of using them are often underestimated and ignored,” he said.

Buying a quirky contact lens case to store your lenses when you’re not using them might be an added incentive to spend time without lenses in.

Last month, opticians warned of the danger of wearing cosmetic contact lenses as part of a Halloween costume, particularly the risk of developing an eye infection or corneal ulcer.

Optometry Today reported on the latest breakthrough for Contamac, a manufacturer of contact lens materials, with the company receiving FDA approval for its Tangible HydraPEG coating.

This highly specialist technology essentially makes contact lenses more wettable, by covering the company’s Optimum gas permeable material in an incredibly fine layer of polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer.

More than two years of research have gone into the development of this coating, which Contamac claims will solve the problems of silicone hydrogel and GP lens comfort.

Martin Dalsing, director of global strategy and new business development at Contamac, told Optometry Today that his company was excited to be working in partnership with Tangible Science, who developed the new coating technology.

He added: “This long-awaited innovation has brought both speciality contact lens laboratories and practitioners a new tool to improve the patient contact lens-wearing experience and satisfaction.”

While contact lens wearers in the UK will have to wait for European approval to be granted to the new coating before they can slip a pair of these improved lenses in their contact lens case, they may also want to take note of another story about contact lenses to hit the news this week.

Opticians have issued a warning over coloured and other cosmetic contact lenses in the run up to Halloween, when people are expected to alter their appearance with fashion lenses.

The message from the British Contact Lens Association is that these lenses can have a negative impact on your eyes and wearing them may even lead to infections or corneal ulcers.

The only thing in your contact lens case should be prescribed to help your vision – that’s the message from the British Contact Lens Association this week in the run-up to Halloween.

Coloured contact lenses are big business in the ‘fancy dress’ industry, with hundreds of designs which party-goers look for to complete a costume – everything from zombie eyes to cat eyes by the way of swirls and rainbows – but they also come with a warning from professional opticians about the impact they could have on your eye health.

The lenses can increase the risk of corneal ulcers and infections – a risk that increases if the contact lenses are shared around and worn by different people.

According to Optician Online, President of the British Contact Lens Association Brian Tompkins believes that the lenses should never be shared: “By sharing coloured contact lenses young people are playing Russian roulette with their eye health and putting their sight at risk. Wearing fancy lenses might make you look cool for one night on Halloween but losing your sight could be a lifelong horror story,” he said.

However, either if you’re not sharing, the BCLA says that contact lenses are a medical device, and if you are going to use them, they need to be purchased from a registered practitioner, not just over the counter.

The designs which can be bought in markets and fancy dress shops are a ‘one size fits all’ approach, something which is not so true of the human eye. Some opticians do offer coloured lenses which are prescribed, which may just be your solution for a Halloween that does end in horror!

Children should be encouraged to spend as much time as possible outside to prevent them developing nearsightedness.

This is based on research that shows the percentage of Americans aged between 12 and 54 years old suffering from nearsightedness – or myopia – has increased from 25 per cent in 1970 to 41.6 per cent in 2016, The University of Michigan Extension has reported.

The National Eye Institute, together with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has estimated that half the world will have myopia by 2050, as people are spending less and less time in direct daylight.

While genetics were originally blamed entirely, it is thought the condition would have died out over the years during the process of natural selection if this was the case.

Instead, Dr Christopher Starr, ophthalmologist from Weill Cornell Medical College, believes a lack of sunlight could be the reason behind this dramatic increase.

He suggests children spend one to three extra hours a day outside for them to get an adequate release of dopamine to prevent elongation of the eye. This is stimulated by light, so those who are not exposed to enough daylight have eyes that are more elongated, and therefore, suffer from myopia.

In addition to this, bright outdoor lighting is good for eye health as it helps maintain the correct distance between the lens and the retina. This encourages the eyes to learn how to focus on far away objects more.

If parents do not take this advice their little ones could suffer, with bad eyesight becoming a growing problem all over the world.

According to the Clearly mission, as many as 2.5 billion people have untreated poor eye sight, without access to glasses or contact lens cases to help them see better.

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