Don’t give your sight a fright this Halloween

It’s that time of year again and we are all busy getting ready for our annual pumpkin carving competition at Osmond Drake Opticians! Drop into the shop to vote for your favourite pumpkin design and claim your sweets on the 31st of October, or you can vote for your favourite on Facebook!

Halloween is a time to dress up and have fun, but it is important to remember to look after your eye health even when in fancy dress.

Every year people use coloured contact lenses as part of their costumes. What some people do not realise, however, is that contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all and can cause discomfort, infections or even vision loss if not used properly.

Lenses you can buy in high street shops or online are not regulated by British standards, and can cause damage to the eyes. In some lenses, the dye can leak from the lens into the eye and cause serious problems. Also, if you are not used to putting lenses in and out of the eye, the eye can become accidentally scratched or damaged, putting you at risk of an infection.

It is always best to buy any contact lenses from a General Optical Council registered optician and have an optometrist check them on your eyes, to make sure that they fit and give you good vision. This is the best way to make sure that you look frightfully good this Halloween while keeping your eyes safe.

If you would like to book in for a contact lens appointment, please contact us.

For more information, please see the Association of Optometrists website: https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/industry/contact-lenses/2016/10/28/warning-on-horror-health-effects-of-halloween-contact-lenses