Halloween fancy dress contact lenses could cause BLINDNESS warn experts

Hayden Panettiere showing off her strange contact lenses

PLANNING on wearing contact lenses with your costume this Halloween?
Fancy dress fans are being warned that eyewear available to purchase over the counter can cause eye infections and damage the cornea.
Experts have issued a warning that zero powered lenses, that are readily available in fancy dress shops, can even cause blindness.
Halloween partygoers have been warned that only prescription lenses should be worn ahead of the festive period.
One 21-year-old wearer told Daily Star that she nearly lost her vision.
She said: “It was horrible. I bought the lenses on eBay and didn't think about their safety as loads of my friends have used them."
Leeds resident Carrie-Anne Balloch added that she was left in agony after wearing a pair of £9.99 cat’s eyes contacts to a party in 2013.
"As soon as I put them in I felt like my eyes were being scraped. I didn't know what I was feeling was my eyes being damaged."
South West Wales contact lens practitioner, Loveleen Browes, appears in tonight's BBC Wales consumer rights programme X-Ray and warns of the dangers.

After Ms Browes spoke to presenter Lucy Owen on the show, she said: “Speaking on this programme will hopefully highlight the importance of using primary care contact lens practitioners for advice before purchasing over the counter and online zero powered lenses.
"We are seeing in practice an increasing number of acute eye care presentations where members of the public are not aware of the dangers of using these lenses without following proper advice."
The popular BBC Wales programme is doing a piece in the run up to Halloween about the increase in sales of unlicensed cosmetic contact lenses.
Chief executive of Optometry Wales, Sali Davis, added: "This was a great opportunity to educate the public about the dangers of wearing zero powered lenses and the role that the primary care community practitioner can play in raising awareness and helping to prevent bacterial and other eye infections."
The programme will air on BBC Wales today, Monday 27 October at 7.30pm and will be available on BBC iplayer.

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