The Eyecare Trust has issued a stark warning to highlight the risk which the illegal sale of contact lenses poses to the general public's eye health.
Despite often being regarded as a fashion accessory, novelty cosmetic item or decorative contact lenses - including plano (non-prescription) lenses - these must, by law, be supplied by, or under the supervision of a registered optometrist, qualified dispensing optician or medical practitioner. Yet worryingly, cosmetic and decorative lenses are still available from unregulated internet sites, as well as market stalls, beauty salons, fancy dress outlets and general retailers.
All contact lenses, whether you wear them for fun or to correct your vision, require the same level of care and attention - as improper use can lead to serious eye infections, corneal ulcers, abrasions and even blindness or the loss of an eye!!!
Coloured and decorative contact lenses are very popular during the Halloween season. Here at Amanda Findlay Eyecare we urge people to seek professional advice if you or your children wish to wear them.