By Martin Burns
A new study into the safety of cosmetic and coloured contact lenses has been launched by a European Union body.
According to the European Federation of National Associations and International Companies of Contact Lens and Lens Care Manufacturers (EuroMContact), it wants experts to provide samples of decorative, non-corrective contact lenses to assess the safety merits of the products.
The body said that all lenses and solutions provided will be analysed against the requirements of the General Product Safety Directive.
These results will be then presented to the European Commission ahead of its review of the Medical Devices Directive.
Anne-Marie Wolters, secretary general of EuroMContact, commented: "We would be very grateful if practitioners could assist by buying samples of fun, coloured or decorative contact lenses from unidentified manufacturers that are on sale in this way in the UK and sending them to us."
Earlier this week, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists warned that any contact lenses purchased online should only be bought from a reputable supplier with a proven track record.
by Martin Burns