Opticians have warned that the use of innovative contact lenses to Halloween the costumes could turn into a scary nightmare.
Inexpensive contact lenses can often cause infections, corneal scratches, conjunctivitis, and even vision impairment.
Feel Good Contacts is warning Halloween pranksters about the dangers of buying from non-optical establishments after an increase in social media ads for novelty contacts.
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In fact, purchasing contact lenses without a prescription from an optician is illegal because they are classified as medical devices.
Sharon Copeland, Contact Lens Optician at Feel Good Contacts, said: âWhile we want Halloween to be a night to remember, we want it to be unforgettable for the right reasons and to warn consumers of the dangers of buying. suit non-prescription lenses. “
She added, âWe recommend that before purchasing your contact lenses you see your ophthalmologist for a check-up, whether you are purchasing cosmetic lenses with or without powers.
“It is advisable to avoid buying them in salons, cosmetics stores, boutiques, flea markets, novelty stores, Halloween unreliable stores, convenience stores or internet retailers.
“These outlets may not meet the same safety standards and regulations as a reputable contact lens retailer.”
Halloween Contact Lens Safety Tips & Guide
Here are seven tips to help keep those bloodshot eyes from becoming a reality this Halloween …
1. Head for a check-up.
It is important to always see an eye care professional for a test, even if you have good eyesight.
You will need to make sure the contact lenses are right for your eyes, and then get a prescription for the correct lens sizes.
2. Buy from a professional
It is important to always purchase contact lenses from an eye care professional or vendor who needs a prescription.
Other retailers may not apply the same safety standards and regulations or adhere to strict quality controls.
Contact lenses are classified as medical devices and therefore should only be purchased with a prescription.
3. Lenses before makeup
It is important to always put on your contact lenses before applying your Halloween makeup.
Also, be sure to remove them before removing makeup.
4. Never share your lenses
Sharing contact lenses increases the risk of infection and the spread of eye disease and corneal ulcers.
Once you wear contact lenses, you should not share them with anyone else.
5. Follow the instructions
It might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to always follow instructions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing contact lenses.
You should never use water to clean the contacts and it is important not to overuse it.
If the lens is for single use, it should be discarded after one day and not worn for more than the recommended wearing time.
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6. Never sleep with contact lenses
At best, sleeping with contact lenses can be irritating – at worst, it can lead to permanent damage to your eyes.
Sleeping in cosmetic lenses can misalign them and cause irritation, so always remove them before going to bed.
7. Remove if irritated
If you have any redness, itching, swelling, or irritation from contact lenses, you should remove them immediately.
Consult an optician or if it becomes serious, go to A&E to have your eyes treated as quickly as possible.
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