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Care and advice for contact lens wearers

By Marvyn Elton

Contact lens wearerIt is believed that the idea of the contact lens came from Leonardo da Vinci and it took over 300 years before the concept was realised, in the form of a piece of blown glass that covered the whole white of the eye.

Corneal contact lenses became available in 1936. By 2008, contact lenses were worn by around 3.5 million people in the UK.

Marvyn Elton discusses salient points for pharmacists 



Most people wear contact lenses for their corrective function (eg, for myopia, hypermetropia or astigmatism) — lenses works by refracting light rays onto the retina — but the wearing of lenses for cosmetic purposes is becoming increasingly popular. Contact lenses lie on the cornea and there are two main types: rigid gas permeable and soft.

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CPD logoMarvyn Elton, MCOptom, MRPharmS, is an optometrist practising in London and Essex



The British Contact Lens Association website ( contains answers to frequently asked questions.

“Look after your eyes” (, run by the College of Optometrists, explains common eye health issues.


For further details of drug-lens interactions, read GL Muntigh’s “Drug and contact lens interactions” in SA Family Practice (2005;47:24–28).

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11023434

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