Halloween is just around the corner and we are all busy planning what we are going to wear…
But there’s one costume idea that might seem spooktacular, but it could do some real damage… it could even make you go blind.
Spooky, right? And not the right type of spooky!
Experts from Optometry Australia have issued a warning to the public about cosmetic and novelty contact lenses (which people are going crazy over during Halloween), as they have been linked to bacteria that could cause infections and even blindness.
“This Halloween we don’t want to hear of yet another report of a young person suffering vision impairment caused by novelty lenses,” optometrist Luke Arundel has revealed.
Optometry Australia highlighted a study that showed chemicals like chlorine could also seep from the contacts and cause eye complications.
According to studies from the Journal of Forensic Science in the U.S, costume contact lenses have had high rates of microbial contamination - which leads to infection, conjunctivitis and permanent blindness of vision impairment.
60 per cent of suspected counterfeit lenses and 27 per cent of the authentic cosmetic contact lenses were found to be contaminated – even straight out of the packet!
Also, three per cent of prescribed contact lenses were contaminated.
Luke continued, saying that contact lenses should only be used as medical devices.
“It is essential they be purchased from an optometrist who will measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how the eye responds to contact lens wear using a microscope.
“Not only do optometrists ensure contact lenses fit the wearer properly, they also instruct on appropriate insertion and removal techniques and correct contact lens care to minimise the risk of irreversible eye damage.
“There are many prescription cosmetic or decorative contact lenses available through optometrists that are safe when properly prescribed and monitored by an eye care professional.”
Be careful this Halloween and at any dress-up party the risk of devastating consequences is real.