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Warning Issued Over Halloween Novelty Contact Lenses


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Contact lenses have become a popular item for Halloween costumes but eye experts are warning they could dangerous.

"Are scratched eyes, bacterial conjunctivitis and eye ulcers part of your costume this year?" asks the Association of Optometrists.

The AOP are telling eye horror stories and tips in a bid to spread the message of the dangers of novelty contacts. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Are scratched eyes, bacterial conjunctivitis and eye ulcers part of your costume this year? we shared real-life <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/horrorstories?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#horrorstories</a> to help warn those considering risking their eye health this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Halloween?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Halloween</a>. <a href="https://t.co/MOIhrc0MMX">https://t.co/MOIhrc0MMX</a> <a href="https://t.co/BTpemoyuSP">pic.twitter.com/BTpemoyuSP</a></p>&mdash; The AOP (@The_AOP) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_AOP/status/1055112426407018497?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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They advise: 

  • Making sure your lenses are fitted by a professional. 
  • Don't share lenses with other people.
  • Don't reuse a pair of lenses. 
  • Don't buy from an unknown source.
  • Don't wear them for long periods of time. 
  • Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before using any type of contact lens.
  • Follow your optometrist’s or contact lens optician’s advice

The specialists say that contact lenses that are not fitted or cared for properly can cause serious eye issues such as infections, scratches and keratitis, a painful inflammation of the cornea. 

They suggest that if you experience any discomfort during or after wearing the contacts to seek professional advice immediately. Signs to watch out for are: redness, pain or an aversion to light.

You can find more information on the safe use of contacts here.

 


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