Halloween Contact Lenses – Sight Risk Warning
Do not let Halloween turn into a “real horror story” by wearing themed contact lenses without professional advice – that’s the message from a Northamptonshire eye expert.
The alert comes in response to a growing trend of people buying these novelty items from market stalls or over the internet and potentially putting their eye health at risk.
The lenses, which alter eye colour and have been made popular by smash hit TV series and films including Guardians of the Galaxy, are often shared around amongst friends – increasing the risk of corneal ulcers and infections.
Kim Durden, a Director Optometrist at Davis Optometrists, which has three branches across Northamptonshire, says people need to respect contact lenses.
She said: “People can do significant damage, including losing their eye sight, by using novelty lenses. If you do want to wear these items then please remember contact lenses are medical devices, they must be properly fitted and prescribed by an eye care professional. It is also very important the correct disinfecting solutions are used too.
“Please take care this Halloween and, if you do want to wear themed contact lenses, please seek professional guidance. Do not let your night turn into a real horror story.”
Take care of your eyes
The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has also advised that people should speak to their registered practitioner if they want to add ‘spooky’ contact lenses to their fancy dress outfits.
BCLA President Keith Tempany said: “Wearing fancy lenses might make you look cool for one night on Halloween but losing your sight could be a lifelong horror story.
“Cosmetic coloured lenses are a medical device and should be prescribed by an eye care professional. These lenses should only be purchased from – and fitted by – a registered practitioner.
“By sharing coloured contact lenses young people are playing Russian roulette and chancing it with their eye health and putting their sight at risk.”
Davis Optometrists has branches in Kettering, Rothwell and Thrapston.