Halloween revellers warned of novelty contact lens risk

By Aura McMenamin

Coloured contact lenses have become a staple product in most Halloween looks in recent years.

Whether you want be a zombie, witch or vampire you can usually find the perfect make up tutorial online and this often includes novelty lenses.


However, opticians Specsavers are warning people to be aware of the risks associated with wearing novelty lenses.

According to Specsavers, novelty contact lenses can cause some scary side effects such as red eye, infections and scratches.

Sinead Clohessy, Specsavers Ireland Chairperson said: “Halloween contact lenses have become incredibly popular in recent years, however, consumers often are not aware of the risks associated with misusing contact lenses.”

Ms Clohessy said that wearing lenses incorrectly and without proper consultation with an optometrist, can lead to potentially sight-threatening conditions.

She said: “The results can be nasty and range from mildly irritating complications, to potentially sight-threatening conditions such as fungal infections like microbial keratitis.”

Specsavers recommend getting an eye test first to check the overall health of your peepers before you put the lenses in.

Your optician can fit you with coloured contact lenses that are deemed safe to use and can also show you how to insert and remove them properly without damaging your eye.

It is also recommended that you avoid buying from online sellers, who might be selling a second-rate product that is harmful to your eyes.

It might sound obvious, but sharing contact lenses with other people is a big no-no, even if they haven’t been worn.

Using lenses that are not yours can spread bacteria, infections and dirt particles. The same goes for your Halloween makeup - mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow should never be be shared with friends.

And, while it can be tempting to fall into bed after a party, Specsavers say you should never, ever fall asleep with lenses still in your eyes as it can lead to a nasty eye infection.


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