Coloured Contact Lenses Warning on Halloween: Inappropriate Use of Contact Lenses May Lead to Infection and Loss of Vision

By Amy Taylor on October 26, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching and a lot of people – children and adults are very much excited. Sure you are as well. Have you decided what costume to wear on the big night? Whether you plan to look like a creepy ghost or a horrifying monster, perhaps the best way to make your outfit more appealing and “real-like” is to wear contacts! But be careful with coloured contact lenses. Unless fitted properly, they can be dangerous, authorities warn.

Generally, contact lenses are alternative to eyeglasses. So their real purpose is to correct vision problems. But time has evolved and the use of coloured contacts became very popular as they can totally change your looks in a snap. And since they are used for cosmetic purposes, these contact lenses can be purchased without seeking prescription from an eye doctor.

Most coloured contacts have an opaque tint that covers your iris, giving your eyes a different colour. The centre of the lens, which lies over the pupil, remains colourless so you can still see. However, some cosmetic contacts are fully-coloured, covering both the white portion of your eye as well as your iris.  

Non-prescription Contacts and their Risks

While you are not required by law to have a fitting of these lenses before purchasing, you may want to do it. According to the Eyecare Trust, a charity in UK, all contact lenses, whether prescription or non-prescription, require the same level of care and attention because incorrect use can lead to serious eye infections, abrasions, corneal ulcers, and in worst cases – blindness or eye loss.

If you feel that your eyes are irritated, itchy, watery, or you get a blurry vision, light sensitivity and headache, take off your contacts and see an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Eyecare Trust has just issued a warning to emphasise the risks involved with the illegal sale of contact lenses. Even if they are used for cosmetic or decorative purpose, these products must be supplied under the supervision of a registered optometrist or medical practitioner, the charity said.

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