By Adrian Galbreth

People’s ability to drive at night may be affected depending on the type of contact lens they wear, a new study has suggested.

According to a research article published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, multifocal contact lens wearers tend to drive slower at night than people who wear other means of vision correction.

The research was led by Dr Byoung Sun Chu, formerly of the School of Optometry at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, who said that for patients who drive long distances and hours at night, medical professionals should carefully consider the best form of correction for presbyopia.

“One alternative is to prescribe the multifocal contact lenses for daytime use and a different correction for driving at night,” he suggested.

Recent safety advice issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health recommended that people who may have purchased coloured or decorative contact lenses over the Halloween period without a prescription should throw them away.ADNFCR-1853-ID-800227617-ADNFCR

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