Improper contact lens use can lead to eye irritation, infection and even sight loss. The charity Eye Health UK warn unregulated sales of Contact Lenses poses a risk to the public’s eye health.
Despite often being regarded as a fashion accessory or novelty item, cosmetic or decorative contact lenses must, by law, be supplied under the supervision of a registered optometrist, qualified Contact Lens Optician or medical practitioner.
Coloured and decorative contact lenses are really popular during the Halloween season, so Eye Health UK is urging people to seek professional advice at their local optical practice if they or their children plan to wear them.
Common symptoms associated with unsupervised contact lens use include red, sore, or gritty eyes; a watery discharge; dryness of the eyes; sensitivity to the light; headaches; blurred vision and in very extreme cases, even sight loss.
Follow Eye Health UK’s ten top tips for wearing cosmetic lenses to safeguard your eye health and keep your peepers looking gorgeous, sassy and bright.
Firstly, have an eye examination. Your optometrist will be able to advise you on your suitability for contact lens wear.
Take advise on the best sort of lens for your individual needs. Poorly fitted lenses can scratch the surface of the eye.
Only buy from a registered optical professional who will give you essential advice on how long and how often you can wear your lenses as well as guidance on handling, cleaning and storing your contacts.
Don’t wear cosmetic lenses for longer than advised. Wearing time restrictions will vary from person to person.
Ensure you have regular check ups of both your eyes and contact lenses.
Disinfect and clean your lenses and any storage case daily in the recommended solutions to kill any micro-organisms that may cause infection. Never use water.
Don’t bathe or shower in your contact lenses.
Dispose of daily disposable daily! Remember to check the expiry date on the packaging.
Never wear anyone else’s contact lenses and don’t allow anyone to wear yours!
If your eyes hurt, look red or feel irritated, remove the lenses immediately and seek professional advice. You should also seek advice if you suffer with discomfort after wearing your lenses.