Non-prescription coloured contacts "not a good idea"

Non-prescription coloured contacts "not a good idea"

By Alexa Kaczka

It is not advisable for people to purchase coloured contact lenses without a prescription, one source has warned

According to popular-hobbies.info, coloured contact lenses should only be bought from a registered supplier after first being prescribed by an optician or other eye professional, such as an ophthalmologist.

Those who do not follow this advice may risk developing an infection or, even worse, going blind, the website stated.

"Wearing contacts that are not the right size for the person's eyes can damage someone's vision. Simply put, getting contacts without a professional's approval is not only illegal, but can result in permanently damaged vision," it explained.

Recent advice was also issued by ophthalmic surgeon Franco Mercieca, who told the Times of Malta that the number of cases of eye infections after wearing contact lenses highlights the importance of having a strict hygiene regimen. 

by Adrian Galbreth

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