to your fancy dress outfit this Halloween could trigger a real-life horror show and put your sight at risk, eye experts have warned. Novelty contact lenses form a key part of the costume for thousands of revellers celebrating Halloween, but they could pose a ghoulish threat to eye health. The lenses, which alter eye colour and have been made popular by smash hit TV series and films including Twilight, are often shared around amongst friends – increasing the risk of corneal ulcers and infections.
Brian Tompkins, President of the British Contact Lens Association, said: “By sharing coloured contact lenses young people are playing Russian roulette with their eye health and putting their sight at risk. 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 contact lenses are a medical device and should be prescribed by an Eye Care Professional. These lenses should only be purchased from a registered practitioner.
Mr Tompkins added: “An eye care professional will ensure that contact lenses fit properly and that wearers receive expert advice on how to wear and store them safely. Cosmetic lenses found in fashion retail outlets, market stalls and from unregistered online sellars are distributed on a ‘one size fits all’ basis. To minimise the risks of infection and ongoing eye health issues, it is essential that all lenses are individually prescribed by a fully qualified professional.”