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Optometrist Yeshwant Saoji on ways to disinfect spectacles, lenses during COVID-19 pandemic

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Yeshwant Saoji, Consultant Optometrist and Contact lens practitioner at Saoji Vision Care at Dharampeth, Nagpur speaks about various ways to disinfect spectacles, lenses during COVID-19 pandemic.

Disinfecting your spectacles

Let us understand how to disinfect spectacles and contact lenses to be safe from the novel Coronavirus.

Most often polymer lenses are used in spectacles and frame is plastic, metal or a combination of these. These materials are hard surfaces and non-absorbent. Hence the corona virus can survive on them for a long duration.

Washing the spectacles with soap and water giving a nice scrub for at least 20 seconds is the safest. In fact it will make the spectacles last longer by resisting scratches. Wash the nose pads, sides and both sides of lenses also.

Rinse under running tap water, pat dry using a tissue and then give it a final wipe with the microfibre cloth, which the optician would have given.

Other cleaning liquids could be 0.5% Hydrogen peroxide for the frame, lizol wipes if they are available. Long-term results of cleaning with these are not known but should be safe. Avoid the use of sanitisers.

UVC chambers may be good to disinfect, though there is still some confusion regarding the effectiveness of the same.

A word of caution: Ultrasonic cleaners do NOT disinfect the spectacles. Few videos show these ultrasonic cleaners as disinfecting chambers! 

Buying new spectacles

New spectacles can be purchased provided the clinic/store follows the recommended disinfection guidelines. It is best to avoid wearing too many frames for selection as many people would have worn them earlier.

Contact lenses

As of now the research, world over, indicates that contact lens wear during this corona pandemic is very safe, as long as the wearer is healthy.

The wearer needs to follow the same protocol about washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, wiping them dry with a clean lint free napkin, cleaning, disinfecting the lenses using recommended solutions but even more religiously. Hands have to be washed with soap and water even after using sanitiser!

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The contact lens packs and solution bottle should be disinfected using a sanitiser and if the blister is exposed to possible contamination that needs to be cleaned as well. Avoid touching the tip of the solution bottle either with fingers or with the sanitiser. Store them in sterile environment so that this step need not be repeated.

Contact lens case is the weakest link in the safe contact lens wear routine. The case should be washed with mild soap and water. Scrubbing should be done using a baby toothbrush. This is very important step. Rinse it with clean water and wipe it dry using a clean lint free napkin and air-dry case upside down on a clean tissue. Replace lens case every month. Fortunately most contact lens solutions come with a complimentary case.

If the lens wearer has any symptoms of cold or cough, discontinue lenses till 24 hrs. After feeling better again. Present pair should be discarded and lens wear should be resumed using a sealed fresh pair.

Depending on the type of contact lenses the recommended solutions may vary, so it is best to check with an Optometrist. Never use sanitiser on lenses or contact lens cases.

Stay safe and take care!

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise

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Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified

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Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

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An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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