Optician’s warning about dangers of coloured contact lenses ahead of Halloween

Halloween lovers have been warned that spooky contact lenses could do serious damage to their eyes.

The novelty costume piece has rocketed in popularity in recent years.

Ghouls and witches can use coloured lenses to add a spooky twist to their outfits.

Red, black or white are popular in achieving a scary effect in covering the pupil.

But eye experts have issued a stark warning this year that the party pieces can lead to infections or even blindness.

William Shaw, director of Specsavers in Clydebank, told the Clydebank Post: “If a wearer hasn’t had a proper consultation with an optometrist beforehand, they probably haven’t been taught how to wear or care for their lenses correctly.

“The results can be nasty and range from mildly irritating complications, such as blurry vision and conjunctivitis, to potentially sight-threatening conditions such as fungal infections like microbial keratitis.

“If you do start to notice any discomfort, irritation or pain during or after wearing Halloween contact lenses it is important you visit an optician immediately.”

But there are ways to avoid having a potential sight-mare this Halloween.

Optometrists advise the public to see an optician before using novelty contact lenses.

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And when it comes to quality, it’s best to pay a bit more and avoid cheap products.

Sleeping in novelty lenses is not advisable, and you should not share the eye pieces with others.

According to Specsavers’ website, poor quality contact lenses can cause conjunctivitis – pink eye – redness, blurry or decreased vision, infection or eye ulcers.

In extreme cases it can even cause blindness.

The High Street opticians says: “We would strongly advise against wearing cheap contact lenses from the Internet and without a proper prescription, especially if you have never worn contacts before.”

You should seek medical assistance if you experience any of the following:

  • Any kind of irritation, ranging from itchiness, soreness or redness.
  • The contact lens moves and your vision becomes impaired.
  • Headaches or pain in the eye.
  • You feel as though the contact is moving around in your eye.

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