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EYE HEALTH – BEWARE OF CHEAP CONTACT LENSES

PIGMENTED CONTACT LENSES

Cheap coloured contact lenses that are found in many retail shops are manufactured poorly because these colour pigments easily rub off the contact lenses. 

The pigments are not securely embedded as in the more expensive reputable coloured contact lens. The loose pigments have harmful effects on the eyes. 

 

CONTACT LENS FIT 

All contact lenses must be properly fitted. In other words, a person desirous of wearing any contact lenses must be correctly assessed before they can be prescribed contact lenses. However, this is often an overlooked fact because the temptation of fashion and easy availability of such lenses lures the fashion conscious into buying a pair without a prescription. Most people do not realise that poorly fitted contact lenses can cause injury to the eyes (corneae). 

 

INFECTION RISK 

The surface colour pigments also allow bacteria to easily attach to the contact lens surface making the risk of serious eye infections including corneal ulcers far greater. Often, individuals have been known to take shortcuts and do not take the same precautions in handling their coloured contact lenses as their regular non-coloured contact lenses. This poses problems and encourages infections. 

 

POINTERS: 

  • Avoid purchasing contact lenses off the counter or over the internet without a proper prescription. Remember, one size does not fit all. 
  • If you must wear coloured contact lenses, make sure they are of a good reputable brand. 
  • Adhere to proper methods of cleaning and disinfecting. 
  • Never share contact lenses. 
  • Seek immediate eye care from a doctor if you have eye problems from contact lens wear. 

For more information, please call Gill Eye Specialist Centre,  

Hospital Fatimah 05 545 5582 or email gilleyecentre@dr.com 

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Dr S.S. Gill

Dr S.S. Gill is a Resident Consultant Ophthalmologist at Hospital Fatimah, Ipoh. For more information on Eye Health, call Gill Eye Specialist Centre at Hospital Fatimah 05 545 5582 or email: gilleyecentre@dr.com.

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