Contact Lens Agreement
SC45 Honors Biology/SC46 AP Biology/SC49 Biology
The Arizona Eye Safety Manual for Education warns that some types of contact lenses are conducive to serious eye damage, since they may trap harmful gases and/or chemical splashes behind the lens.
Chemical splashes can be prevented. Students are required to wear goggles which prevent splashing, on the eyes, of potentially harmful substances. The harmful gas issue may not be prevented. The mixing of chemicals is an integral part of many laboratory courses. As chemicals are combined, gases can be released and it is these gases that may react with some types of contact lenses, even though goggles are worn, resulting in damage to the lenses and possibly the eyes.
The classroom teacher has no way to determine whether your child’s contact lenses constitute a risk; therefore, we find it necessary to bring this important matter to your attention. If your child wears contact lenses, we urge you to check with your physician to determine if a potential risk exists, and ask for advice on ways to prevent problems.
Safety is our primary concern. We do not want to knowingly place any student in jeopardy. Please complete and return the Biology Course Acknowledgements, with information regarding the action your child should take regarding contact lenses.