28.10.2010

Novelty contact lenses "should be used with care"

Novelty contact lenses "should be used with care"

By Emily Tait

People thinking of dressing up this Halloween and wearing novelty contact lenses need to think about the consequences of purchasing illegal lenses, one expert has warned.

Parwez Hossain, a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital's eye unit, told the Daily Telegraph that many people will make the mistake of wearing contacts which do not properly fit their eyes, which can cause injury.

He advised: "You have people who aren't used to wearing lenses inserting them for one or two nights a year with little understanding of the sensitivity of the eyes, so people should avoid putting any type of contact lens in without taking proper advice and guidance."

Mr Hossain said that people can still have fun and play games this Halloween, but it is important to put safety first and understand the risk of infection from improper use.

Recently, Dr Terry Blair, an optometrist with the University Vision Centre in West El Paso, told ABC-7 that there is nothing wrong with wearing decorative contact lenses as long as people purchase them from a reputable company.

by Alexa Kaczka


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