AN OPTICIANS is reminding people to look after their eyes this Halloween.

Specsavers in Bicester wants to ensure people know how to wear novelty contact lenses properly and take care of their eyes.

The optician says that while lenses may seem like a perfect costume addition, they can cause damage to eyes – especially if they are not handled correctly.

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Not knowing how to wear or care for them can also result in numerous minor eye conditions such as red eye, infections and scratches, as well as more serious complications that can, in severe cases, lead to sight loss.

Specsavers also encourages people to take off any make-up before going to bed.

Sarah Marshall, optometrist at Specsavers Bicester, says: "Halloween contact lenses have become incredibly popular in recent years; however, consumers often are not aware of the risks associated with misusing contact lenses.

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"In particular, if a wearer hasn’t had a proper consultation with an optometrist beforehand, they probably haven’t been taught how to wear or care for their lenses correctly. The results can be nasty and range from mildly irritating complications, to potentially sight-threatening conditions such as fungal infections like microbial keratitis."

Ms Marshall added: "If you do start to notice any discomfort, irritation or pain during or after wearing Halloween contact lenses it is important you visit an opticians immediately."