This is a topic that has gathered a lot of momentum since I first blogged about it two years ago, even making the headlines in The Guardian this year! So I thought I’d re-share, as new material has been a bit sparse lately ;op (I promise, I’m working on it!).
Particularly at this time of year, with Halloween just a few days away, we as Opticians are asked time and time again about cosmetic contact lenses...
Not wanting to be a party pooper, but as discussed in my previous post "Sin No.2 - Abusing Your Contact Lenses" as part of National Eye Health Week 2015, the use of contact lenses is not to be undertaken lightly, and “cosmetic” contact lenses are no exception. They carry the same risks if not dispensed and used correctly – they are not to be considered a throwaway “fashion accessory”.
Here is the annual warning from the General Optical Council (GOC) about this very topic: -
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And ABDO have even created an Infographic about it: -
So, if cosmetic lenses are an absolute must for your Halloween costume, please don’t buy them "off the shelf", or online! Be sure to visit a reputable Contact Lens Optician, who will ensure that not only do the lenses supplied comply with British manufacturing standards, but that they fit you personally, and will advise you as to their safe usage.
And never EVER share contact lenses!! No. No. Just NO!