Londoners warned to avoid Halloween ‘sight mare’ with fancy contact lenses
WITH Halloween around the corner, Londoners planning to dress up are urged to take care of their eyes when choosing their ‘spooky’ eye accessories. Whether it’s red vampire-inspired contact lenses, spider web lashes, or the timeless cat’s eye, the experts at Specsavers want to make sure party-goers in disguise treat their eyes with the care they’ll need. ‘they deserve, however they choose to celebrate this October 31st.
An increasingly popular trend is that people wear fancy colored contact lenses, but they can damage the eyes, especially if not handled properly. Not knowing how to wear or care for them can also lead to many minor eye conditions – such as red eyes, infections, and scratches – as well as more serious complications that in severe cases can lead to vision loss. .
Giles Edmonds, director of clinical services at Specsavers, warns of the importance of staying safe this Halloween and making sure people protect their eyes.
He says, “Halloween contact lenses have become a popular choice in recent years, however, consumers are often unaware of the risks associated with improper use of contact lenses.
“In particular, if a wearer hasn’t had a proper consultation with an optometrist beforehand, they probably haven’t learned how to wear or care for their lenses properly. The results can be unpleasant and range from mildly itchy complications, such as blurred vision and conjunctivitis, to potentially eye-threatening conditions, such as fungal infections like microbial keratitis.
The industry body, the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), is working to eliminate the unregulated sale of colored contact lenses across the UK to reduce the associated dangers, following an increase in the number of eye infections at this time of year.
Mr. Edmonds continues, “If you start to notice any discomfort, irritation or pain during or after wearing Halloween contact lenses, it is important that you visit your optometrist immediately. Most of our stores have eye health clinics where you can receive treatment for a range of minor eye problems, without needing to see your GP or hospital. ‘