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Doylestown, PA

501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902
Phone: 215-230-9200
Fax: 215-230-9292

Hours

Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7 am- 8pm
Friday 7am – 5pm
*Saturday (3rd Saturday of the Month) 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hopewell, NJ

2 Capital Way
Ste 326
Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone: 609-882-8833
Fax: 609-882-0077

Hours

Monday 7am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
*Saturday (1st and 4th Saturdays of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hamilton, NJ

1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Ste 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-890-0772
Fax: 609-890-0774

Hours

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 4pm
*Saturday (1st Saturday of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Are Your Hands REALLY Clean? Secrets to a Stellar Scrubbing

It’s a scary fact that most people don’t wash their hands properly. In fact, according to a 2013 study at Michigan State University, approximately 95% of study participants failed in the endeavor. Some simply didn’t wash long enough to kill viruses, germs and bacteria, while others didn’t use soap… or didn’t wash at all. Yikes!

Proper handwashing is essential to reducing the risk of communicable diseases, particularly in this time of coronavirus. If you wear contact lenses, it’s even more important: Insertion, removal and cleaning of contact lenses puts your hands in contact with either the mucus membranes in your eyes or the lenses that will eventually go onto your eyes.

To reduce your risks of contracting viruses and infections through the eyes, be diligent about washing your hands before and after removing and inserting contacts lenses, before and after cleaning your lenses. You should also plan to wash up before and after: meals or food prep, petting or feeding pets, using the restroom and any time your hands are visibly dirty. 

Don’t take shortcuts on the washing either! The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests following these steps to thoroughly eradicate germs:

Handwashing Technique

It takes at least 20 seconds to get hands completely clean. (If you don’t want to count it out, just sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” which times out to about 20 seconds.) Follow this procedure for squeaky-clean digits:

  1. Wet your hands. Run comfortably warm water for washing. DO NOT USE SCALDING WATER. Water that is too hot won’t get you any more clean, and it could cause burns.
  2. Apply soap. There should be enough soap to clean the front and back of your hands, as well as the wrists.
  3. Rub your palms together.
  4. Rub each palm over the back of the opposite hand.
  5. Wash between fingers by interlacing the fingers and sliding them against each other.
  6. “Scratch” the palms of your hands with your fingernails to coax dirt from under the nails.
  7. Clean your thumbs. Gently grip each thumb like a handlebar in the opposite hand and twist to scrub off dirt.
  8. Finish by washing the wrists.
  9. Rinse. If necessary, use your elbow to turn off the water, then dry your hands with a clean cloth.

You may not always be in a situation where a sink, soap and running water is available, so keep hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol on hand at all times. Apply it liberally and follow the same motions as handwashing until all the sanitizer has evaporated. With these techniques and tips, you increase your chances of staying healthy this flu season.
Matossian Eye Associates is happy to help our patients maintain and improve their eyesight. We encourage you to visit our online scheduler to reserve an appointment with one of our doctors: MatossianEye.com.

Contact Us

Doylestown, PA
501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902

Phone: 215-230-9200

Fax: 215-230-9292

Hopewell, NJ
Two Capital Way
Suite 326
Pennington, NJ 08534

Phone: 609-882-8833

Fax: 609-882-0077

Hamilton, NJ
1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Suite 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-890-0772

Fax: 609-890-0774

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