Regular use of contact lenses harmful

21 Dec 2008, 1502 hrs IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Blue, sea-green or brown, now your eyes can have whichever shade you want thanks to the cosmetic contact lenses that are fast becoming an
important fashion accessory.

Ophthalmologists, however, caution against excessive use of contact lenses as fashion.

According to city's Chary Eye Specilaist contact lenses are quite safe. "Contact lenses don't harm eyes."

For some people, however lenses can cause allergy if used frequently, says Dr S P Kumar, an Eye specialist.

He says that lenses are imported and are tested before distribution. Lenses should be worn after the age of 18. Contact lenses are considered as alternative to spectacles. "But there is nothing like spectacles," he adds.

On frequent use, Kumar advises that contact lenses should not be used on a regular basis as permanent alternative to glasses. "If you are wearing lenses constantly then it is not good for eyes because lenses are like shield on eyes which restricts oxygen to enter in eyes which, however, is not good," he says.

Another eye specialist Dr Sanjay Dhawan agrees. He cautions against over use as it can also lead to infection.