WINNIPEG, Oct. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - The Opticians Council of Canada (OCC)
urges consumers to heed their warnings when considering cosmetic
contact lenses (non-corrective coloured lenses) for their Halloween
costumes. Cosmetic lenses, sold over-the-counter as costume accessories
at some retail outlets and online, are used to change the colour and/or
appearance of eyes. While cosmetic lenses are readily available,
consumers need to make the right educated choices.
"Improper lenses can lead to allergic reaction, infection, swelling of
the cornea, and even blindness," says Robert Dalton, Executive Director
of the Opticians Association of Canada. "Severe eye infections have
been reported in as little as 24 hours, and some of this damage can be
difficult to treat or repair."
The OCC recommends consulting a Licensed Optician to help you make the
right decision on a product that won't harm your vision. A Licensed
Optician can also provide training on contact lens use and instruction
"Getting a cheap pair of contact lenses online or at the costume store
for your werewolf outfit seems like a great idea- until your vision is
permanently damaged by improper fit or you use a bad lens," says Drew
Jeffries of the College of Opticians of Alberta. "This is when that
cheap pair of lenses has cost you more than you bargained for."
Here are emergency care instructions if you find yourself in a situation
with any contact lens that has not been fitted or cared for properly,
and is now difficult to remove:
Drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate.
Gently try to move the contact lens. If you can't move it at all, apply
hydrating eye drops and once the lens has been rehydrated, attempt to
remove it with care.
Go see your closest vision care professional to have it removed safely
and properly, and to treat irritation immediately.
Licensed Opticians are regulated vision health professionals who ensure
that you receive the essential care and education necessary when
choosing contact lenses, eyeglasses or low vision aids. They are
trained to recommend and safely fit a full range of devices that help
improve your vision and take into account your lifestyle, environment,
and aesthetics. They can also guide you along a safe and appropriate
path to resolve all your vision health issues.
To find out more about what a Licensed Optician is, or to find one in
your area visit LicensedOptician.ca.
The Opticians Council of Canada (OCC) is an Opticians organization with
representatives from all Canadian provincial regulatory bodies,
associations and teaching institutions as participating delegates. The
Opticians Council of Canada is an incorporated body under the Canada
Corporations Act and received final Letters Patent in July 2010.
The organization shares a common interest in eye care and vision health.
The OCC provides national leadership on Canada's vision health issues
and in the development of related public policy. OCC accomplishes its
goals through the mandates of its member associations by consultation,
collaboration, advocacy, research, education and service. The OCC
believes that all Canadians are entitled to full and equal access to
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