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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law — which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens. 

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss. 

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at Dr. Richard E. Hults & Assoc., Inc and make an appointment with Dr. Richard E. Hults to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Colored Contact Lenses

  • DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.  
  • DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.
  • DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)
  • DO follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor. 
  • DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.
  • DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween. Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.  

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in Canton at Dr. Richard E. Hults & Assoc., Inc.

Contact Lenses

Our Eye Care Clinics in Greater Ohio Offer All Types of Contacts!

Contact lenses are the No. 1 choice of eyewear for many people. Comfortable and convenient, contacts provide crisp eyesight for almost every vision condition. In the past, you may have been told that contacts are impossible for you, due to a more complex ocular condition, such as astigmatism, dry eye, and presbyopia. Nowadays, that’s no longer the case. Advanced technology and new materials led to the design of various specialty lenses.

At Dr. Richard Hults and Associates, we’ll examine your eyes to determine the best contact lenses for your unique needs. We use cutting-edge equipment to evaluate your vision and diagnose or rule out any pre-existing ocular conditions. This is the most reliable way for you to enjoy sharp vision and lasting, quality eye health with contacts.

If you have a vision condition that classifies you as hard-to-fit, our caring eye doctors will work with you patiently to find the perfect solution. No matter what type you require, you can purchase your contact lenses in our Akron and Fairview Park OH, offices.

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Full Selection of Contact Lenses

In order to satisfy the vision requirements of our patients in Akron and Fairview Park, OH, we carry an extensive selection of contact lens types. Each kind has its own pros, cons, and unique features.

Soft lenses

Soft lenses are typically comfortable within seconds after you place them in your eye. Additionally, they are effective for many vision prescriptions & eye conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness & presbyopia. Altogether, these benefits make soft lenses the most popular type on the market. These lenses are composed of a flexible material that hugs your eyeball & stays in place, even if you're very active.

Here are different wearing schedules:

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Daily Disposable Soft Contacts

Daily disposable soft contacts are worn throughout the day, removed at night & discarded. No disinfection is necessary

Daily wear lenses

Daily wear lenses are worn throughout the day & removed at bedtime. You must rinse and sterilize them nightly.

Extended-wear lenses

Extended-wear lenses can be worn while you sleep, usually for up to a week. You will need to disinfect them once a week. While this schedule is convenient, it is also associated with a higher risk of eye infection.

Is your child ready for soft contact lenses?

Many parents share the same concerns about their child’s vision to ensure success in school, sports, and everything else. Children vary on their level of responsibility, but there’s no set age when to start contact lenses. Not only can contact lenses give your child confidence and enjoy the freedom from eyeglasses, but contact lenses are a great way to develop responsibility, cleanliness, and following a schedule.

Contact lenses can be an ideal change for your child or young teen. Contact one of our office to discuss contact lenses for your child and to schedule a contact lens exam. We’ll evaluate whether your child is ready, guide them from start to finish, and ensure they understand the advantages when wearing contact lenses.

Watch Video on How to Insert & Remove Contacts

Do you have keratoconus, astigmatism, presbyopia or another challenging vision condition? Our optometrists will perform a precise, detailed contact lens eye exam and fitting to determine the most suitable lens. We will consider your unique needs to satisfy you with a pair of specialty lenses.

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Contact Lens Options

Some options include: toric lenses for astigmatism, bifocal/multifocals for presbyopia, hybrid lenses or scleral lenses for keratoconus or dry eye syndrome.


Ortho-k lenses

Are you interested in orthokeratology? Our Canton optometrists are knowledgeable and experienced with ortho-k contact lenses.

Color Contact Lenses

Colored contact lenses can give you a whole new look! If you’ve always wanted to change your eye color, ask our eye care specialists about cosmetic tinted or masking lenses.

Sometimes, soft lenses cannot give acute vision or high wearing comfort, depending on your vision and eyes. Yet, hard GP lenses may do the trick! They boast a high oxygen permeability, which allows your eyes to “breathe”; this reduces the risk of infections. Hard lenses typically require an adjustment period to get used to wearing them. They must be disinfected nightly, which can be tedious – however, they are extremely durable. When cared for properly, rigid gas permeable contacts can last for quite a few years.

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Whether you are a newbie to contact lenses or an experienced wearer, our eye doctors will provide you with all you need! Bring your current vision prescription to replenish your contact lenses in our Akron and Fairview Park, OH, optical stores. If you do not have an up-to-date prescription, contact us to reserve your professional contact lens eye exam.


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Dear Patient!

It has been great serving you at our Richmond Mall location inside LensCrafters for the past 35 years.

Due to Richmond Mall closing, our office location has been closed.

To schedule with Dr. Gellis at our other location in Elyria please call (440) 324-4557.

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Thank you,

Dr. Richard Hults, Dr. Ben Gellis, and Dr. Emily Voytilla.