New figures revealing the number of people admitted to hospital with eye infections and injuries have led to a warning about the use of contact lenses.
The report, published in the Pediatrics journal and written by the American Optometric Association (AOA), shows that 23 per cent of child hospital admissions related to medical devices were associated with contact lens wear.
These events included problems such as abrasions, ulcers of the cornea and conjunctivitis caused by incorrect storage or use, which could all have been prevented.
AOA experts stated: "The most common risk factors for contact lens complications in this study were alteration of the prescribed wearing or replacement schedules and non-compliance with recommended contact lens wear and care regimens."
Meanwhile, optometrist Dr Nelly Kim recently told the Vancouver Sun that people who invest in the novelty circular contact lenses popularised by Lady Gaga are risking damaging their vision.
by Martin Burns