Health Notes: The spooky side of contact lensesThink twice about incorporating decorative contact lenses in your Halloween costume, the Minnesota Optometric Association warns.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Think twice about incorporating decorative contact lenses in your Halloween costume, the Minnesota Optometric Association warns.
The decorative lenses can be used to change a person’s eye color or help create the characteristic look of a cat, zombie or a vampire, the news release said.
But the consequences of wearing contact lenses purchased over the counter can be downright scary, the group warns. Those effects can include bacterial infections, allergic reactions and even significant eye damage.
It’s illegal to sell contact lenses without a prescription, the news release said. All contact lenses, whether used to correct vision or not, are considered medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it said.
The optometrists’ advice: See your eye doctor before getting decorative contact lenses, and obtain a prescription for the one you want.