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Posted on 10-13-2017

dangers of contact lenses

Don't Let Costume Contact Lenses become a Vision Nightmare this Halloween

For one night a year, no one bats an eye at children, teens and adults attempting to grab attention with outrageous costumes and accessories that help them transform into a different person or character. Some people go so far as to purchase costume lenses for cosmetic purposes, often completely unaware of the risks they pose. Dress-up is not always fun and games -- especially when it comes to your vision health. Non-prescription costume contact lenses are a yet dangerous trend that can irritate the eyes and potentially lead to severe consequences.

Eye Irritation, Infection and Injury Possible with Costume Lenses

The eye is a very delicate part of the body and should be treated with care. Nothing should be inserted into the eye that has not been approved by an Ophthalmologist, as doing so can injure the protective outer membranes surrounding the iris and pupil. Known as corneal ulcers and abrasions, these can be very painful conditions that cause redness, sensitivity to light and sores. Abrasions can also create an avenue for bacteria to infect the eye, requiring medical attention. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, some bacterial infections, such as keratitis, are 16 time more common in people who wear non-prescription costume lenses than those who where contacts prescribed by an Ophthalmologist. Patients with bacterial eye infections may require treatment with medicated eye drops or even a corneal transplant to prevent further complications, such as blindness.

See Your Ophthalmologist to be Fitted for Contact Lenses

Not only are costume contact lenses dangerous, but it is also illegal for retailers to sale them without a prescription due to their dangers. It is not unusual for our office to see an increase in eye injury visits following Halloween. Instead of purchasing costume lenses from an illegal source, contact your Ophthalmologist to find out if you can be fitted for a safe, prescription pair of cosmetic contact lenses.

Have you ever worn costume contact lenses to complete a Halloween costume or for other cosmetic purposes?



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