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Protective eyewear 'a good bet' for ski weekends

22 December 2011
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People heading on ski weekends in the near future should include protective eyewear in their winter sports luggage, one expert has advised, though there are no special requirements for people who wear glasses or contact lens.

David Parkins, a spokesman from the College of Optometrists, explained that the cold or wet weather should not cause any problems for contact lens wearers.

This is because both soft and hard contact lenses can be worn in cold weather, as tears are "warm and salty" so there is no risk of freezing.

Another benefit of contact lenses is that, unlike spectacles, they do not steam up when people enter a warm room from outside, he added, so may be a preferable option for winter sports enthusiasts who require vision correction.

"When out in extremely cold conditions, for example when skiing, wind chill can be more of an issue as it can dry out your eyes and contact lenses, so we would always recommend wearing protective goggles," the expert added.

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