Buying contact lenses online. Why not?

One of the more popular ways to attract attention and to stand out in the crowd is the use of coloured contact lenses. It is not unusual to see Asians with green eyes, blue eyes or even violet eyes, thanks to coloured contact lenses. Enterprising individuals or dealers have also cashed in on this trend by offering cheap contact lenses, not knowing enough about the safety or quality of the products they are offering.

Contact lenses manufacturers must have stringent and controlled manufacturing processes and conditions to ensure safe and quality products. The same cannot be said for counterfeit or substandard products.

Using such illegal products might cause adverse effects that you did not bargain for. Some of these products might affect your vision, leave you with eye infections, corneal ulcers, and in worst case scenarios, blindness.


Preventive measures and precautionary actions

Play a part to safeguard your own vision! Buy your contact lenses only from licensed vendors and not over the Internet or other sources. You should undergo proper eye examinations and contact lens fittings by qualified optometrists or contact lens practice opticians if you wish to consider using contact lenses.

Remember, if you suffer from any adverse reactions such as severe eye irritation, redness, blurred vision, pain, light sensitivity, or unusual discomfort after using contact lenses, even if you have followed good contact lens hygiene practices, do consult a healthcare professional.

Think twice before clicking on that check-out button at the online contact lenses blog shop. You might just end up paying way more than you bargained for.


Case Study

In 2011, a 17 year old teenage girl bought a pair of coloured contact lenses from online sources, never thinking that it could be dangerous. What started out as a bid to save money soon developed into a contact lens induced infection that resulted in pain and redness in the young lady's left eye. She had to be admitted into the hospital and treated with antibiotics and corticosteroids before her condition eventually improved.

Source: Singapore National Eye Centre