Put contact lens care in a safe pair of hands

Did you know that young people (18-24 years) are four times less likely to wash their hands before touching their eyes than people aged over 65 years?

That’s according to research into the habits of over 2,000 contact lens wearers which showed that more than 1 in 4 contact lens wearers aged 18-24 don’t always wash their hands before handling their contact lenses, compared with 1 in 20 contact lens wearers aged 65+[1].

Research summarised in the General Optical Council’s Thumbs Up for Health Eyes report also highlighted thumbs as an area of hands often overlooked in handwashing. Ineffective hand-washing techniques can result in certain parts of our hands harbouring potentially harmful bacteria; touching or rubbing eyes with unclean hands can spread infections such as the common cold.

Contact lenses are safe and enjoyed by millions when looked after properly, so when you’re washing your hands remember the Rule of T.H.U.M.B  mnemonic…

Thumbs – don’t forget them!

Happy Birthday – sing it twice while you wash your hands

Under the nails – need a good scrub

Massage soap into palms, backs of hands, fingers and thumbs

Both hands dry? Now you can touch your eye

[1] 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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