Halloween is a time for fun, parties and getting dressed up but you don't want the fun to end in some scary damage to your eyes.
Over the past few years, decorative contacts have been increasingly becoming a popular accessory for costumes particularly with teenagers and young adults and the trend is alarming eye care professionals. Contact lenses are a governmentally regulated medical device. It is illegal to sell contact lenses without a license which is the case with costume and party supply stores, however the laws are not adhered to. Unlicensed production may use subpar plastics or even toxic coloring elements to dye the contacts. Further, using lenses without adequate fitting and care, can result in serious eye injury or even blindness.
For those who do decide to use decorative lenses, it is essential to schedule an exam with a licensed eye care professional. After a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will be able to recommend a lens that fits well and is safe for your eyes. The practitioner will also provide necessary guidance on how to properly insert, remove and care for contacts.
Although many individuals mistakenly perceive vanity contact lenses as just another costume accessory, uneducated use of contacts can result in significant danger to your eyes and eye sight. Nothing should ever be placed on or near the eye without guidance from an eye care professional.
Never buy contacts from anyone that is not a licensed seller that you can be sure comply with all FDA regulations. Even non-corrective lenses must adhere to health standards and need a proper prescription. Beware of e-commerce sites, flea markets or party supply stores that may carry homemade products colored with unapproved dyes. To find out if the retailer has a license to sell lenses request their state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.
If your Halloween costume just won't be the same without decorative lenses, consult with your trusted optical store to discuss your options. Don't let Halloween be a "Hallowed" night for your eyes. Be aware of the dangers unsupervised use of lenses can be to your eyes.