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Festive Contact Lenses Can Damage Eyes

Posted by on October 25, 2011

They may be the perfect complement to your ultra spooky costume, but it would be better to think again before buying those Halloween contact lenses. Doctors are reporting that non-prescription contact lenses can cause scratches on the cornea, infection, eye ulcers, pink eye, or even vision loss and complete blindness. These complications are often due to improper handling and cleaning techniques, but can also be due to poor fit of the lens over the outer surface of the eye. When the lens doesn’t fit right, it can cause scratches or leaves room for bacteria to enter the eye and cause infection. The American Academy of Ophthalmology takes these fake contact lenses and the risk they pose very seriously and strongly recommend against their use.

While the price is probably right, it is important to keep in mind that you get what you pay for and that these types of non-prescription contact lenses are not regulated by the FDA and are not made by companies that make prescription contact lenses. They won’t fit your eye properly and even wearing them for short periods of time can cause significant infection or damage. The costume party probably just isn’t worth it, according to the FDA. There are optical lens locations that provide special costume lenses and can help accommodate your costume need, but it will come at a higher price tag than the seasonal Halloween stores. When in doubt, avoid any products from stores that don’t ask you for a contact lens prescription and find another way to spruce up your costume.

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