By Emma Lunn,
It is that time of the year again when people from across the world will be dressing up in scary outfits and costumes in the name of Halloween.
However, aside the good natured and fun event that it usually is, there is also a warning of the dangers associated with dressing up too far by wearing illegal and dangerous coloured contact lenses.
Coloured contact lenses are more often than not sold without prescription or even any care instructions which means that in the wrong hands, they could lead to the “risk of serious eyesight damage”.
As always, warnings have been coming thick and fast urging caution from organisations such as the Trading Standards, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
With just weeks to go before people transform themselves into creatures of the night there is a greater sense of urgency from opticians and eye doctors to make sure the message is heard loud and clear especially to students up and down the country who will attending Halloween-themed parties and events on their campuses.
Mark Adams, optician at online contact lenses retailer Lensdrop, has warned that students were particularly vulnerable to buying coloured lenses without a prescription and consequently outing their eyesight in serious danger.
“There will be many a Halloween-themed night aimed and targeted at students and many will be going that extra mile to dress up and look the part at they usually do.
“This involves putting on some coloured contact lenses and we have heard of many cases of people buying these lenses from normal everyday shops or on the internet which is really scary and worrying.
“Contact lenses, of any kind be it daily or weekly, must be worn under the right guidance and with proper care and fitting by opticians or the results could be disastrous. The health and safety of your eyes should come first all the time and our warning is to make sure you do not purchase these items. The long-term damage to your eyes could be very damaging.”
Mr Adams added that contact lenses must only be bought from opticians who will advise on the best way to wear your lenses and on contact lenses care which is something which is often overlooked.
“The cleaning and care of contact lenses is neglected but is extremely important to avoid serious eye damage,” he warned.
For more information and a free online eye consultation please visit http://www.lensdrop.co.uk
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