By Emily Tait
Using contact lenses for cosmetic reasons is a growing trend in Pakistan and one leading eye hospital in the country has warned that the boom has seen a growth in the number of people with eye and vision problems.
The Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital explained that women in particular are buying contact lenses from beauty parlours which are of inferior quality to those supplied by official online stores.
Executive director of the hospital, Rizwan Ullah Asghar, said that many newly-married women from middle and lower incomes are visiting the hospital after using coloured contact lenses.
The sub-standard lenses are becoming affixed to the cornea in a way that the only treatment is to remove the cornea and push the wearer into permanent blindness.
He said that many girls use sub-standard coloured contact lenses for good looks before marriage without knowing the negative effects like serious eye injuries and inflamed cornea.
The development of problems in young women in Pakistan highlights the need for those looking to use cosmetic contact lenses to buy them from a recognised provider.
by Alexa Kaczka