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Clubbers can buy 'flashing lashes' despite health risk

An ophthalmologist has expressed concerns over the wearing of false LED eyelashes. (Image from http://www.praew.com/107088/beauty/led-eyelash/)

Battery-operated LED eyelashes that flash in various colours have emerged as the latest clubber-inspired fad in recent weeks but officials have decided they can still be sold in Thailand despite growing health concerns including the risk of cataracts.

Ignoring warnings from a leading Mahidol University ophthalmologist, among others, authorities said this week they can be sold legally as a fashion accessory if they carry accurate instructions for use in line with the Consumer Protection Act.

Deputy police spokesman Kritsana Pattanacharoen said yesterday the fake lashes, which use thin wires and can be glued to the lids in a matter of minutes, have not been prohibited by the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB).

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