College of Optometrists warns of the dangers of wearing novelty contact lenses at Halloween
If you’re thinking about wearing novelty contact lenses to add an eye-popping touch to your zombie or vampire outfit – think again. You may be putting your eyes at risk by using lenses bought from a non-reputable source or if you use them without the professional guidance of an optometrist, doctor or contact lens optician.
The College of Optometrists has issued some advice to consider before using unprescribed contact lenses as part of your Halloween costume:
Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser for the College of Optometrists, said: “Most people think that you don’t need the same level of care when using novelty contact lenses as you do with ordinary contact lenses, because they don’t have a prescription. But, even when purchased from a reputable outlet, the issue isn't with the lenses themselves, but with how people use them.
Fancy dress lenses are often purchased by people who do not wear contacts regularly and who may not know how to handle and care for them safely. It is absolutely vital for the health of your eye that you are able to remove and insert your contact lenses safely, know how to keep them sterile, and have been instructed on how to do so by an optometrist."
Further information and advice to help look after your eyes can be found on the College’s Look After Your Eyes website.Tags NB News
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