28.10.2010

Eye risk warning over apple bobbing

Eye risk warning over apple bobbing

By Alexa Kaczka

A warning has been issued by eye experts about the risks associated with apple bobbing, a traditional Halloween activity.

Many people will be including activities such as bobbing for apples in their Halloween activities, but they must take care, according to Parwez Hossain, a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital's eye unit.

He told the Daily Telegraph that children and adults can pick up "scratches, infections and other injuries" from the blow to the eye from an apple.

"And in addition to these types of injury, there is the possibility of people contracting potentially serious corneal infections from dirty water or residue of liquids if bowls aren't cleaned properly," Mr Hussain stated.

Further Halloween eye safety warnings were recently issued by Dr Thomas Steinemann, an ophthalmologist with MetroHealth Medical Center and the American Academy of Opthalmology, who told CBS that any decorative or coloured contact lenses need to be purchased from a legitimate supplier.

by Alexa Kaczka


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