With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, dressing up. It's important to know of certain dangers to your eyes and vision that sometimes accompany with the fun and games.
Over the past few years, decorative contact lenses have been increasingly becoming popular particularly with teenagers and young adults and this is causing serious concern amongst optometrists. Contact lenses are a medical device regulated by the FDA. It is illegal for unlicensed distributors to sell contact lenses which applies to costume and party stores, however the regulations are often ignored. Unlicensed production may use inferior plastics or even toxic coloring elements to dye the lenses. Further, wearing contacts without adequate fitting and care, can result in critical eye injury such as infection, abrasion or even blindness.
For those who do decide to use cosmetic lenses, it is necessary to schedule an appointment with a licensed eye care professional. After a comprehensive 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 the lenses.
While many individuals erroneously view decorative contacts as just another cosmetic accessory, unhygienic use of lenses can result in serious danger to your eyes and vision. Nothing should ever be placed into the eye without approval from a professional.
Only buy lenses from an authorized distributor that you can be sure comply with all FDA regulations. Even non-corrective lenses must be regulated and need a proper prescription. Steer clear of websites, flea markets or party supply stores that may sell homemade contacts colored with unapproved materials. To find out if the store is licensed to sell lenses you can find out their state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.
If your Halloween disguise just won't be complete without special effect contacts, call your trusted optometrist before making any purchase. Halloween shouldn't be a "frightful" night for your eyes. Be aware of the dangers unregulated contact use can be to your eyes.