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Eye Health and Safety during Halloween Season: Keep Your Eyes Safe on Halloween

Eye Health and Safety during Halloween Season: Keep Your Eyes Safe on Halloween

All contact lenses must be prescribed by a licensed eye doctor such as at Hopewell Lambertville Eye (www.seelife.net) , including decorative lenses. Any contact lenses that are not prescribed by a doctor are illegal and could cause you significant harm.

Don’t let an eye infection be the scariest part of your Halloween. Using decorative lenses without a valid prescription can cause serious harm to your eyes—haunting you long after October 31.

You may want to have the perfect look for Halloween or look like your favorite movie star or singer, but choosing to change the look of your eyes with contact lenses could cause a lot of damage to your eyesight if you get them without the input of your eye care professional. Decorative contact lenses are sometimes called, among other names:

  • Halloween contact lenses
  • Fashion contact lenses
  • Colored contact lenses
  • Cosmetic contact lenses
  • Theatre contact lenses

Decorative contact lenses change the look of your eyes. They may not correct your vision. They can temporarily change your brown eyes to blue or make your eyes look like cat eyes or vampire eyes for Halloween.

Did you know that these decorative contact lenses are actually medical devices? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees their safety and effectiveness, just like contact lenses that correct your vision.

Just like corrective contact lenses, you should never buy contact lenses from a street vendor, beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store—and you should always have a prescription.

Here's what you need to know before using contact lenses.

Know the Risks of Decorative and Halloween Contact Lenses

Wearing decorative contact lenses can be risky.

Wearing any kind of contact lenses, including decorative ones, can cause serious damage to your eyes if the lenses are obtained without a prescription or not used correctly.

These risks include:

  • A cut or scratch on the top layer of your eyeball (Corneal Abrasion)
  • Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
  • Decreased vision
  • Infection
  • Blindness

When wearing any type of contact lenses, be aware of signs of possible eye infection, which include:

  • Redness
  • Pain in the eye(s) that doesn't go away after a short period of time
  • Decreased vision

If you have any of these signs, you need to see a licensed eye doctor by calling Hopewell Lambertville Eye (www.seelife.net)  right away! An eye infection could become serious and cause you to become blind if it is not treated.

Be sure to follow the directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses that your doctor gives you.

Don’t let an eye infection be the scariest part of your Halloween. Using decorative lenses without a valid prescription can cause serious harm to your eyes—haunting you long after October 31.

Do not purchase decorative contact lenses from costume shops, online stores, beauty salons, drug stores, flea markets, or anywhere that doesn’t require a prescription. When decorative contact lenses are sold without a prescription, proper fitting, and education from an eye doctor, there may be a higher chance of contact lens-related eye problems.

Decorative lenses purchased without a prescription may not fit properly, leaving the eye more susceptible to scratches on the outer layer of the eye, or getting an ulcer (an open sore) on the cornea- the clear covering over the front of the eye. The result of a scratch or sore can be scarring, infection, and permanent vision reduction or loss.

Educate yourself and others about the dangers (including eye sores and vision loss) of using decorative contact lenses without a prescription. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween and practice healthy contact lens wear and care.

Do's and Don'ts of Decorative and Halloween Lenses

Get an eye exam! A licensed eye doctor from Hopewell Lambertville Eye (www.seelife.net) will examine your eyes to make sure the contact lenses fit properly. The fit of your contact lenses is very important. A wrong fit can cause damage to your eyes. Be sure to always go for follow-up eye exams as instructed by your doctor.

Do follow the contact lens care instructions! Follow the instructions for wearing, cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses that come with your contact lenses. If you do not receive instructions, ask an eye doctor for them.

Do seek medical attention right away and remove your contact lenses if your eyes are red, have ongoing pain or discharge! Redness, pain and discharge from the eyes are signs of an eye infection. If you think you have an eye infection from your contact lenses, remove them and see an eye doctor right away.

Don't share your contact lenses with anyone else! You wouldn't share your toothbrush, would you? All eyes are not the same size and shape and your contact lenses are fitted just for you.

Don't buy any contact lenses without a prescription! If you don't see an eye doctor and get a prescription, then the contact lenses you get may not fit properly and may not work well. They could even damage your eyes. Sometimes wearing contact lenses can damage the top layer of your eyeball (cornea). Even if you aren't having any problems now, the lenses still could be causing damage to your eyes. By having regular checkups and buying contact lenses with a prescription, you will reduce the chances of any undetected damage to your eyes.

Buying Decorative or Halloween Contact Lenses

You can buy contact lenses, including decorative contact lenses, from your eye doctor at Hopewell Lambertville Eye (www.seelife.net) It's very important that you only buy contact lenses that are FDA-cleared or approved contact lenses and requires you to provide a prescription.

Remember — Buying contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous!

Never buy contact lenses from a street vendor, a beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store, or from unknown online distributors as they may be contaminated and/or counterfeit and therefore not safe to use.

Even though there are a lot of products that you can buy without a prescription, contact lenses are not one of them. It's your job to make sure you protect your eyes by having an eye exam, getting a prescription, and buying contact lenses from a legal source.

Follow these tips when considering decorative contact lenses.

https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/keep-eyes-safe-halloween.html#:~:text=You%20can%20safely%20buy%20contact,doesn't%20require%20a%20prescription.

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/contact-lenses/decorative-contact-lenses-halloween-and-more

https://youtu.be/p7QNZX7zsWM

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