By Alexa Kaczka
The Singaporean government has responded to questions from a member of parliament relating to contact lens use and safety in the country.
Answering the questions from Dr Lim Wee Kiak, member for Sembawang GRC, the government explained that it controls contact lens sales to protect wearers from badly-fitting lenses and to make sure the Health Sciences Authority is told of any problems, reports asiaone.com.
Contact lenses are forbidden from being sold directly to consumers over the internet.
It also said that infections from contact lenses are uncommon, stating that the past three years have seen about six cases annually in public hospitals from wearers of cosmetic lenses.
Dr Lim Wee Kiak is a former doctor who took on further study to become an eye specialist and has a training award from the Ministry of Health.
He joined the Singapore National Eye Centre in 2003, where he is now a consultant eye surgeon.
by Martin Burns