I’ve just been informed of a case in my constituency where a young person has been injured by using poor quality cosmetic contact lenses sold by a small business in Croydon.
Cosmetic lenses – also known as fashion, plano or zero-powered lenses – are often used to change the appearance of the eye for cosmetic reasons or as part of a fancy dress outfit and so are especially popular during the Halloween period.
The young person has been referred to Moorfields eye hospital and was last reported to be awaiting treatment. To guard against any potential future injury, I’ve requested the following advice from the General Optical Council (GOC) who urge residents to:
• Only buy ‘fashion lenses’ from a legal source. You can risk serious damage to your eyes if you don’t.
• The GOC will take action against unregistered retailers selling these lenses illegally.
Under the Opticians Act, they can only legally be sold where a registered optometrist, dispensing optician or medical practitioner is on the premises. The GOC are aware that outlets such as novelty shops, market stalls and hairdressers are selling them and are investigating alleged breaches of the Act including the case of my constituent.
If you or others in your family are planning on using these lenses now or in the future, please do ensure that you are using safe contact lenses sold from a reputable source. If you come across an outlet that you believe is fraudulently selling sub-standard products then please contact Trading Standards at Croydon Council.