In an amendment to current labeling of products, the British Contact Lens Association have begun implementing a new design by Irenie Ekkeshis to highlight not only 'left' and 'right' boxes but also to remind contact lens users not to allow either their lens boxes/cases or the lenses themselves to come into contact with water. The simple crossed through dripping tap graphic is hoped to clearly remind patients of the dangers that contamination can cause.
The designer in question, Irenie Ekkeshis, is no stranger to this topic at all and in fact comes from a background that indicates why she was eager to be a part of this repackaging. Irenie contracted the condition Acanthamoeba Keratitis as a contact lens wearer herself and knows first hand just how debilitating this eye infection can be. Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a rare but very serious condition where an infection can occur in the eye due to improper lens handling or poor hygiene. In some cases, surgery can be required to treat. The condition occurs when tiny parasites, which are commonly found in domestic water sources, infect the eye. As they can be found in tap water, the contamination from lenses coming into contact with it can be fairly easy. Symptoms of the disease include red eye, eye pain having removed your lenses as well as blurring and light sensitivity. Although this is not exclusive to patients using contact lenses, around 90% of sufferers are.
In conjunction with reminding users to follow safe use guidelines to the letter, it is hoped that the increased visibility of the warning on packaging will also prompt dispensers and practitioners to highlight the risks and warnings when dealing with their patients.