Contact lenses "are safe and professional"

Contact lenses "are safe and professional"

By Alexa Kaczka

The use of contact lenses is both safe and professional, according to one expert who has extolled the virtues of the vision correction products.

Peter McDonnell, honorary treasurer at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a consultant Ophthalmologist, said the use of contact lenses – particularly cosmetic ones – has become even more popular in recent times because of the increased safety.

He noted that the use of contact lenses to correct problems relating to the eyesight being out of focus is generally effective and safe, as long as the patient is being "appropriately supervised" by a qualified professional.

It also relies on the contact lens wearer carefully following the advice on how to clean and care for the contact lenses, he added.

As far as cosmetic contact lenses are concerned, Mr McDonnell said that there are many products available on the market but people need to ensure that the ones they are buying are being sold by reputable organisation.

He elaborated: "The use of cosmetic contact lenses which are used solely to change the appearance of the eye, if 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."

The expert added that the Royal College of Ophthalmologists would always recommend that patients should always seek professional advice in relation to the use of contact lenses.

It comes after a new safety website was launched by the American Optometric Association as the organisation looks to educate people who wear contact lenses on regular basis and reduce the risk of infection.

Some of the issues addressed on the site include lens replacement schedules, advice on purchasing contact lenses and wearing contact lenses in various climates and environments.

by Adrian Galbreth

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