Coloured contact lenses "increase eye damage risk"

Coloured contact lenses "increase eye damage risk"

People who wear tinted contact lenses to change the appearance of their eyes, such as performers, could have a greater chance of experiencing damage from an infection in their eyes, it has been found.

According to research published in the European journal Acta Ophthalmologica, scientists from France surveyed those suffering from eye infections over a two year period and asked them about their contact lens habits.

It was revealed that 60 per cent of those with infections from coloured lenses experienced a visual acuity worse than 20/200, compared to just 12 per cent of those with more conventional lenses.

The study also found that younger people were more likely to be wearing the coloured contact lenses and that performers were less likely to dispose of them correctly, with more than one person using the same set.

The risk of infection from coloured contact lenses can be greatly reduced by having the lenses fitted by an optician and following the manufactures wearing schedule and following a good cleaning routine.

by Martin Burns

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