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Keep Your Eyes Halloween Safe: Special Effect Contact Lenses Can Harm Your Eyes


With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, costumes. It's important to be aware of some hazards to your eyes that sometimes accompany with the fun and games.

Over the past few years, decorative contact lenses have become a popular item for costumes particularly with teenagers and young adults and this is causing serious concern amongst optometrists. Contact lenses are a medical device regulated by the government. It is against the law to sell contact lenses without a license which is applicable to costume and party supply stores, however clearly the regulations are not adhered to. Lens manufacturers operating outside of regulations may use subpar plastics or even toxic dyes to dye the contacts. Additionally, using contacts without proper instruction and care, can result in significant harm to the eyes or even vision loss.

For those who do decide to use cosmetic lenses, it is important to make an exam appointment with a licensed eye care professional. After a contact lens evaluation and eye exam, the practitioner will determine the correct size, curvature and if necessary prescription required for the contacts. The optometrist will also give vital guidance on how to properly insert, remove and care for the lenses.

Despite the fact that many mistakenly view special effect contacts as just another cosmetic accessory, uneducated use of contacts can result in serious harm to your eyes and eye sight. Nothing should ever be put into the eye without proper professional guidance.

Never buy contacts from anyone other than a licensed seller that you can guarantee comply with all FDA regulations. Even non-corrective lenses must adhere to health regulations and require a prescription. Steer clear of websites, open markets or party supply stores that may carry unregulated contacts colored with unapproved dyes. To find out whether the retailer has a license to sell contact lenses you can find out their state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.

If your Halloween costume just won't be complete without special effect contacts, call your local optometrist before making any purchase. Halloween shouldn't be a "scary" night for your eyes. Be aware of the dangers uneducated use of contacts can be to your eyes.