October 4, 2011 at 09:56AM
A joint coalition of US ophthalmology organisations have come together to warn people against purchasing unlicensed funky, crazy contact lenses this Halloween season.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) are urging both parents and fashion conscious teenagers that purchasing funky, crazy contact lenses without a prescription could lead to eye complications.
Thomas Steinemann, professor of ophthalmology, MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said: "Most people believe that decorative lenses don't require the same level of care or consideration as corrective contact lenses because they can be purchased over-the-counter or on the internet. This is far from the truth."
The powerful body also stated that even if people had perfect 20/20 vision and were looking to purchase funky, crazy contact lenses, they still needed to undergo an eye examination and get a prescription.
"Permanent eye damage can occur from using over-the-counter lenses. We want to discourage all consumers, especially teens, from buying contact lenses in beauty salons, novelty shops or in Halloween stores," said Dr Steinemann.
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