03.02.2011

People "should seek advice before buying contact lenses"

People "should seek advice before buying contact lenses"

Posted by Alexa Kaczka

Professional advice should be sought before buying and wearing contact lenses, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists has said.

Consultant ophthalmologist Mr Peter McDonnell, honorary treasurer at the college, said that there are many risks associated with coloured contact lenses bought from shops.

"Cosmetic contact lenses … purchased by the public directly from retail outlets without proper professional advice may increase the risk of potentially serious eye problems, such as infection of the eye," he said.

Mr McDonnell's comments follow the discovery by BBC Wales that sales of cosmetic contact lenses in shops could be breaking health rules.

As part of the X-Ray programme, the BBC went undercover at retailers across south-east Wales to prove how easy it is to buy the products.

The General Optical Council told the news provider that coloured contact lenses should only be bought from eye care professionals, such as an optometrist, dispensing optician or medical doctor.

by Alexa Kaczka


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