A few weeks ago while browsing twitter, I came across a tweet by a young lady, advertising   fake eye lashes and coloured contact lenses. My professional duty would not let this go without saying something about it. I went on to reply to the lady, informing her that unless she’s an optometrist, she’s not allowed to sell contact lenses. I went on to educate her on the dangers of lenses in the hands of people with no training. Needless to say, she was very angry with me.

Contact lenses, coloured or not, are medical devices that must be dispensed by a trained professional, i.e. an optometrist. This way, the wearer gets trained on the correct use of the lenses, and they also get assistance and advice should things go wrong, and believe me, they do go wrong, a lot, when you don’t know what you’re doing.

As tempting as it may be, do not buy contact lenses anywhere other than from an optometrist.

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