08.11.2010

Unsafe contact lenses "must be thrown away"

Unsafe contact lenses "must be thrown away"

By Alexa Kaczka

Contact lenses which have not been purchased with a prescription must be thrown away and not worn, one medical body has warned.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, many people may have purchased coloured or decorative contact lenses over the Halloween period in an effort to enhance their costumes, but many of these will not have been on prescription and may therefore pose a danger to vision.

The Providence Journal reports health department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth as saying that one local student bought the lenses at a shop without a prescription and suffered an injury.

According to the representative, the non-prescription lenses scratched the student's cornea and temporarily impaired her vision.

The dangers of illegal contact lenses were recently highlighted by Oklahoma man Lucas Dixon, who told Scripps News that he bought a pair of inexpensive contact lenses from a fashion store in order to alter his look but received an eye infection.

by Adrian Galbreth


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