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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-21-10

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Sight risk warning over Halloween contact lenses

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PEOPLE are being warned not to play "Russian roulette" with their vision by "changing it" with Halloween themed contact lenses.

The alert comes in response to a growing trend of people buying these novelty items from market stalls or over the internet, potentially putting their eye health at risk.

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has advised that people should speak to their registered practitioner if they want to add 'spooky' contact lenses to your fancy dress outfit.

BCLA President Keith Tempany said:- "Wearing fancy lenses might make you look cool for 1 night on Halloween, but losing your sight could be a lifelong horror story. Cosmetic colored lenses are a medical device and should be prescribed by an eye care professional. These lenses should only be purchased from and fitted by, a registered practitioner. By sharing colored contact lenses young people are playing Russian roulette and changing it with their eye health and putting their sight at risk."

The lenses, which alter eye colour and have been made popular by smash hit TV series and films, like Twilight, are often shared around amongst friends, and this increases the risk of corneal ulcers and infections.

The campaign is warning against buying lenses from fashion outlets, market stalls, and unregistered online sellers and will stress the importance of visiting an eye care professional to ensure lenses fit properly and receive expert advice on how to wear and store them safely.

For more details about the British Contact Lens Association, visit:- BCLA.Org.UK.


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