21.04.2010

Report warns about dangers of illegal contact lenses

Report warns about dangers of illegal contact lenses

By Emily Tait

A new report has warned people about the danger of using illegal contact lenses designed purely for cosmetic purposes.

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) has advised people thinking of purchasing the products to ensure they are from a respected manufacturer and avoid parting with money if they have any suspicion.

It comes after the facility treated a patient who developed an infectious corneal ulcer from wearing a cosmetic contact lens after purchasing them without a prescription.

"Even though many people wear contact lenses with a high amount of satisfaction and problem-free use, there are risks. It is vital that users have regular eye exams and a proper fitting at the time of lens distribution,” said Mark Ewald, an ophthalmologist assistant professor at VEI.

Recently, Thomas Steinemann, an associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US, said that wearing illegal contact lenses can permanently damage people"s vision.

by Emily Tait


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