Researchers at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW are conducting a study to see if a ‘NO WATER’ sticker attached to contact lens storage cases impacts behavioural habits of CL wearers. This will be assessed by a survey on attitudes to lens care/wear and microbial analysis of contact lens storage cases between contact lens wearers who receive the “NO WATER” sticker on their storage case and those who don’t.
The study is open for recruitment and looking for non-disposable CL wearers who can get to UNSW, Sydney (Kensington campus) for two visits of about 30 minutes each, at an interval of six weeks. Participants will receive the new contact lens storage case (with/without “NO WATER” sticker) and written instructions on safe contact lens use. At the end of both study visits, an AU$20 gift voucher will be provided as a token of appreciation.
The sticker has been developed by a motivated contact lens wearer who lost sight in one eye due to Acanthamoeba keratitis. Since then, the sticker has been endorsed by many international contact lens regulatory authorities. Like any other medical device, the use of CLs demands special care and precautions with continuous education and training of contact lens wearers.
A universal “NO WATER” sticker for contact lens packaging could be a simple but effective visual cue to avoid tap water that transcends language barriers.