Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't end in some frightening damage to your eyes.
A popular costume addition as of late has been decorative contact lenses and this is alarming optometrists. Contact lenses are a governmentally regulated medical device. It is illegal for unlicensed distributors to sell contact lenses which applies to costume and party stores, however clearly the regulations are often ignored. Lens manufacturers operating outside of regulations may use inferior plastics or even toxic coloring elements to dye the lenses. Further, wearing lenses without adequate fitting and adhering to proper hygiene, can cause critical eye damage or even vision loss.
For those who do wish to use decorative contacts, it is essential to make an exam appointment with a licensed eye care professional. After a contact lens evaluation and eye exam, the doctor will determine the proper size, curvature and if necessary prescription needed for the lens. The practitioner will also provide necessary instructions on how to properly insert, remove and care for contact lenses.
While many erroneously perceive decorative contacts as just another costume item, improper use of lenses can result in serious harm to your eyes and vision. Nothing should ever be applied in the eye without consultation with a professional.
Only buy contacts from an authorized seller that you can guarantee sells products approved by the FDA. Even when purchasing lenses without corrective power, they must adhere to health standards and need a prescription. Steer clear of e-commerce sites, flea markets or beauty supply stores that may carry unregulated contacts made with unapproved materials. To determine if the retailer is authorized to sell lenses request the state license number and follow up with the Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) of the home state.
If your Halloween disguise just won't be complete without decorative contact lenses, contact your trusted optical store to discuss your options. Halloween shouldn't be a "frightful" night for your eyes. Be aware of the hazards uneducated contact use can be to your eyes.