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Opticians Warn of Cosmetic Contact Lenses as Halloween Nears

October 26, 2010 6:43 AM | News

LONDON - NOVEMBER 17: Rosie Howick from Ireland models 'Wolf Eyes' coloured contact lenses at the Erotica exhibition at Olympia on November 17, 2005 in London, England. The four day event includes stalls selling sex toys and a live stage show featuring erotic dancing.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

On the days leading up to Halloween, experts are warning of the dangers of wearing cosmetic contact lenses as part of your costume.

Winnipeg-based Opticians Association of Canada says wearing non-corrective coloured contact lenses can be extremely damaging to a person’s eyes. According to the OAC, the lenses affix themselves to the cornea and can change its shape.

Severe eye infections have been reported in as little as 24 hours of wear time, while infection, allergic reactions and other complications related to the non-prescription devices can even lead to vision loss.

“Every year opticians across Canada report incidences of eye injury due to improper oversight of contact lenses,” said Dalie Schellen, president of the OAC.

The association recommends consumers consult with a licensed optician before choosing any eye product, such as contact lenses, eyeglasses or low vision aids.