14.02.2011

Cosmetic contact lenses "can be safe if bought correctly"

Cosmetic contact lenses "can be safe if bought correctly"

By Emily Tait

It is essential that people wishing to purchase their cosmetic contact lenses do so in a safe and legal manner, an expert has asserted.

Dharmesh Patel, chairman of the Eyecare Trust, pointed out that it is "perfectly safe" to wear contact lenses - so long as they are bought in the correct way.

He added: "According to UK law the supply and fitting of all contact lenses - including plano non-prescription, novelty lenses and coloured contacts – must be overseen by a registered practitioner."

Mr Patel also stressed the need for cosmetic contact lens wearers to follow advice from their optician on the safest way to wear and care for contact lenses, avoid developing any problems.

Last week, Bennie Jeng, an ophthalmology associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, told KTSF that people should avoid coloured contact lenses that enlarge the appearance of their eyes, as they may be unsafe.
 

by Emily Tait


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