Halloween contact lenses 'can cause sight loss', experts warn

Danielle Fowler
·Freelance Writer
Halloween contact lenses
Eye-health experts are warning of the dangers involved with wearing novelty contact lenses [Photo: Getty]

Whether you’ve spent the past few weeks conjuring up the most Instagrammable Halloween costume imaginable or you plan to don some faux blood just minutes beforehand, the spooky season is well and truly upon us.

And many may be tempted to pop some novelty contact lenses in prior to the evening. But there’s nothing more haunting than the latest warnings from eye-health professionals.

According to a report by the BBC, the Association of Optometrists has warned of the risks involved with Halloween contact lenses.

Mr Badrul Hussain, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, revealed that he has treated patients every year for eye conditions caused by fake contacts. Many of which, are under 16.

Halloween contact lenses
Children under the age of 16 are at risk this Halloween [Photo: Getty]

“Some of the cases we see, like patients sharing lenses with friends, wearing the same pair year after year well past the expiry date, and storing them in tap water, have devastating effects,” he said.

“Not knowing the basics of using contact lenses safely can put you at higher risk of developing painful eye injuries and, in the worst cases, risk of permanent sight loss.”

It is recommended that you do not share contact lenses with others or wear them overnight. It is also illegal in the UK to sell lenses without the supervision of a registered professional.

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