Complaint fails to curb sale of lenses in Malaysia

PHOTO: Complaint fails to curb sale of lenses in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Association of Optometrists consultant Tan Bei Hua says the organisation has lodged a report against the uncontrolled sale of contact lenses to the Ministry of Health.

"We lodged a report several months ago, but we have yet to see the minister act upon the matter," she told the New Straits Times.

She said the sale of contact lenses by non-optometrists or not qualified opticians posed a health risk to consumers.

She added there was no guarantee that coloured cosmetic contact lens were safe.

"Many other countries like Singapore and South Korea have banned the sale of cosmetic contact lenses due to health and safety concerns.

"We urge the health ministry to quickly act upon the matter or more people might suffer eye complications."

The health ministry had issued an advisory to the public -- warning them against buying contact lenses from night markets or beauty salons.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had said it was important that all contact lens users should undergo an initial eye examination with a certified optometrist.

"The ministry will be meeting with the relevant parties to find immediate solutions to the excessive sale of contact lenses, especially at night markets," he said.