Wannabe witches, warlocks, black cats and devils in Torbay are urged to avoid using spooky novelty contact lenses that could harm their eyes this Halloween.
Staff at Paignton Specsavers have warned that fancy dress revellers could play a nasty trick on their eyes by using costume lenses and make-up this October 31.
Not knowing how to wear or care for contact lenses can result in minor eye conditions such as red eye, infections and scratches – as well as more serious complications that can, in severe cases, lead to sight loss.
Winne Maina, Paignton Specsavers store’s ophthalmic director, says: ‘Halloween contact lenses have become incredibly popular in recent years. However, consumers often are not aware of the risks associated with misusing contact lenses.
‘In particular, if a wearer hasn’t had a proper consultation with an optometrist beforehand, they probably haven’t been taught how to wear or care for their lenses correctly. The results can be nasty and range from mildly irritating complications to potentially sight-threatening conditions such as fungal infections like microbial keratitis.
‘If you do start to notice any discomfort, irritation or pain during or after wearing Halloween contact lenses, it is important you visit an opticians immediately. Many of our Specsavers stores now offer eye health clinics where you can receive treatment for a range of minor eye conditions without needing to visit your GP or hospital.’
It is also important to ensure any spooktacular makeup is properly removed before going to bed.
Winne adds: ‘Leaving your eye makeup on when you go to sleep – particularly eyeliner and mascara – will increase your chances of getting bacterial and oil build-up around your eyes or even inflammation. Make sure you always gently remove beauty products to reduce infection and keep your eyes clean.’
How to avoid a frightening mishap this Halloween
1. Seek guidance from your optician before using novelty contact lenses
2. Avoid purchasing cheap products online
3. Clean and store your lenses properly to avoid infection
4. Do not fall asleep in your lenses
5. Never share contact lenses with other people
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