It’s Halloween season in the UK, and people are getting into the spirit by donning their spookiest costumes. While Barbie, Spider-Man, and Wednesday Addams are popular choices this year, coloured contact lenses are also making a ghoulish comeback. However, eye experts are warning that these novelty lenses can be harmful and cause infections.

Optometrist Roshni Patel from Lenstore advises against buying cheap lenses, especially “circle lenses” that sit on the cornea and cover the sclera. These lenses can increase the risk of corneal scratches and damage, leading to infections. Patel recommends consulting with an optician or eye doctor before using coloured contact lenses. It’s crucial to find the right prescription to avoid any potential damage to your eyes.

For those planning to wear coloured contacts this Halloween, it’s important to choose a trusted brand with the correct prescription. Patel also shares some safety tips for wearing contact lenses:

– Stop wearing the contacts if your eyes become irritated or uncomfortable.

– Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before and after inserting contact lenses to prevent harmful bacteria from reaching your eyes.

– Store your lenses in solution to keep your eyes safe from infection.

– Follow the recommended wearing time to avoid cutting off oxygen supply to your eyes and developing eye conditions.

– Never share your lenses to avoid exchanging eye germs and increasing the risk of infection.

– Avoid wearing torn or damaged contacts as they can scratch and damage your cornea.

– Put your contact lenses in before applying Halloween makeup or Special FX to prevent them from getting dirty and causing eye irritations or infections.

By following these essential steps, you can enjoy a stress-free Halloween while keeping your eyes healthy.

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