05.11.2010

Unprescribed contact lenses "can be very dangerous"

Unprescribed contact lenses "can be very dangerous"

By Alexa Kaczka

People who wear contact lenses which have not been prescribed by a professional may find that the products cause infection or eye damage, one victim has warned.

Oklahoma man Lucas Dixon told Scripps News that he bought a pair of inexpensive contact lenses from a fashion store in order to alter his look and make his eyes appear larger.

The 'circle' contact lenses popularised by Lady Gaga in her bad Romance video, even though her look was digitally altered and not due to contact lenses, was what he was trying to achieve.

However, Mr Dixon said that his eyes were soon swollen and painful, with a blinding white film covered his entire right eye by the fifth day.

He warned of the dangers of unprescribed lenses, stating: "They said the contacts are illegal. One doctor said this was one of the worst cases she'd ever seen. She told me I could lose my eye. I didn't have a clue."

It comes after Troy L Bedinghaus, a board-certified optometric physician, told About.com that the millions of contact lens wearers across the planet are in no danger as long as the products are official and are stored handle the products carefully, but pointed to statistics suggesting that not everybody does this.

by Adrian Galbreth


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