With Halloween approaching, many people enhance their costumes with decorative contact lenses. Although it’s fascinating to take your Halloween costume to the next level, it is important to take precautions when ordering color contacts. Follow these vital tips and you will maintain happy, healthy vision even after your spooktacular events!
In this video, Dr. Gabriela Olivares highlights 3 things to consider about wearing Halloween contact lenses.
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1) Contacts must be fit and prescribed by a proper eye care professional
It is important to get a full eye exam to make sure you are a good contact lens candidate. Contact lenses are medical devices and are not a “one size fits all.” Each lens has different parameters and fits differently on the eye, depending on its shape.
In order to wear contact lenses, you must obtain a valid prescription with all the proper measurements. Even if your vision is 20/20 and you don’t use glasses or contacts, contact lenses must still be evaluated on the eye prior to authorizing a prescription. This ensures that your lens sits properly on the eye and will not cause eye harm.
2) Wearing non-FDA approved contacts can lead to vision loss and eye problems
The surface of the eye is very delicate and is susceptible to damage. Lenses that don’t fit properly can scratch the eye, decrease the amount of oxygen getting to the cornea and even cause infections.
Studies show that decorative contact lenses can increase the development of keratitis (i.e. inflammation of the cornea) by 16 times. In that same study, 60% of patients who developed keratitis from wearing non-prescription costume lenses suffered permanent vision loss.
3) Be careful where you choose to purchase your Halloween contacts
In the United States, it is illegal to sell and purchase contact lenses online without a prescription. Lenses sold online without a prescription are not FDA approved. Contact lenses are considered a medical device and therefore need clearance by the FDA.
Beware of purchasing contact lenses at beauty stores and Halloween stores. The lenses sold here are also considered unauthorized contacts. Illegal sales of contacts should be reported and can have fines of up to $16,000. The safest location to purchase contact lenses is through your eye doctor.
Don’t risk it!
With so many FDA-approved Halloween contacts to choose from, there’s no reason why we should be putting our eyes at risk. Make sure to schedule an appointment with a local eye care professional to learn more about your Halloween contact lens options!