Halloween is a night for fun, parties and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't lead to some scary damage to your eyes.
A popular costume prop as of late has been special effect contact lenses and this is alarming optometrists. Contacts are an FDA regulated medical device. It is illegal for unlicensed distributors to sell contact lenses which is the case with most outlets where costumes and party goods are sold, however the regulations are not adhered to. Unlicensed production may use subpar plastics or even toxic coloring elements to color the contacts. Additionally, use of lenses without proper fitting and adhering to proper hygiene, can result in significant damage to the eyes or even vision loss.
For those who do wish to use special-effect lenses, it is essential to make an exam appointment with your eye care practitioner beforehand. After a contact lens evaluation and eye exam, the doctor will be able to recommend a lens that fits well and is safe for your eyes. The eye doctor will also provide essential instructions on how to properly insert, remove and care for contacts.
Despite the fact that many erroneously view non-prescription contacts as just another beauty item, improper use of contacts can cause significant danger to your eyes and eye sight. Nothing should ever be put in the eye without proper professional consultation.
Only buy contacts from an authorized seller that you can guarantee comply with all FDA regulations. Non-corrective lenses must also conform to health regulations and require a proper prescription. Steer clear of e-commerce sites, flea markets or party supply stores that may carry unregulated contacts colored with dangerous materials. To find out whether the store is authorized to sell contact lenses you can ask for the state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.
If your Halloween disguise just won't be the same without decorative contacts, consult with your local optometrist to discuss your options. Don't let Halloween be a "scary" night for your eyes. Be knowledgable about how to dress up your eyes safely.