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IN Health & Fitness ON 28 Oct, 2015
The beauty therapist Sarah Richards (24) bought the £10 novelty contact lenses having distinct white irises from a store in Stratford-upon-Avon. Unfortunately, the lenses got stuck to her eyeballs due to which she might get blind.
Halloween reveller got into constant trauma for a week. The Happy Halloween has now turned into a nightmare for the lady and now she is warning others not to use such accessories.
Zombie-style contact lenses became glued to her eye balls due to which the lady is facing severe eye infection. There is even possibility of permanent damage to her eyesight.
Sarah Richards said, 'It was horrible. I bought the lenses for around £10 as a few of my friends were wearing them for the party too. As I've never worn contact lenses before, I didn't know how to put them in or what they should have felt like once they were sat on my eyes. All I remember was that they were made from quite thick plastic and they felt uncomfortable on my eyes straight away. But after a while it settled down and I assumed everything was okay.'
Ms. Richards forgot to take the lenses out until the morning. She said: 'I had a few drinks and during the night I got a bit teary and emotional too, so I don't think that helped matters.Then I fell asleep wearing the lenses and the next morning I woke up in absolutely agony. I knew it was the lenses causing me such discomfort and I had to physically prise my eyes apart. I could only see a tiny bit of light when I finally did open my eyes. I then had to scrape the lenses out. It was awful. And when I looked at them, they were covered in gunk and make up.'
She was told to avoid straining her eyes using any make up or lenses. Recalling her terrifying experience, she said: 'They told me not to wear lenses, but there was no way I'd have had anything near my eyes at that moment in time anyway. My pupils were scratched and sore and just felt raw, like they had been covered in grit. Because I work in beauty, I could hardly treat clients with big red eyes and no make up on, so I had to have a week off work. I know I should have taken them out, but I'm sure there's a lot of people who go to Halloween parties, have a drink, and if they're not used to wearing contacts, they would do the same as I did. I would say to anyone thinking about novelty contact lenses to think twice, you need to be so careful and make sure that you know what you're doing with them before they go anywhere near your face.'
The people of Great Britain are planning to dress up as ghosts, monsters and zombies for the Halloween bash. But the story of Sarah Richards will serve as a warning for those who want to use colored eye lenses as it may cause ulcers, ruptures, infections and even blindness.
Sales of non prescribed lenses are illegal in Britain without the guidance of a registered optometrist, qualified optician or medical professional. Still the shops of general retailers are flooded with fancy contact lenses costing as little as £10.
The World-renowned expert, medical director of London's Focus Clinic said: "You wouldn't drive a car that didn't have an MoT - it'd be extremely dangerous and foolish to do so. Yet many people in the UK seem to think that putting things in their eyes that haven't been sold by a trained eye-care professional is perfectly fine. It is anything but. Decorative contact lenses need to be treated in the same way as prescription contact lenses - you need to have thorough guidance in how to use them along with a plan for follow-up care.The eye is a very delicate area and it needs to be treated with kid gloves.I have seen some terrible cases of injuries from normal contact lenses, and novelty ones aren't likely to be made of the same quality as those on prescription. Even just putting them in incorrectly can lead to tears on the cornea, and bacteria breeds behind the lens which can lead to ulcers and potentially blindness. After a party, people might sleep in them, which increases the likelihood of infection. They need to understand there is a risk of them permanently damaging their eyes.Which is why it's quite shocking that you can just pick these things up on the internet or in a fancy dress shop with no advice or aftercare.I'd advise the government that it's a retailing loophole which needs to be firmly closed."
She said: 'I once found a pair and the safety advice said they only should be worn for a maximum of 15 minutes. I can't imagine many people using these lenses pay too much attention to the guidelines, but I would say you definitely should, or it really can turn nasty.'