Avoid Non-Prescription Lenses when Planning for Halloween

colored lensContact lenses, scleral lenses, and prosthetic devices are all considered to be medical devices. That means that they require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye care professional to safely use them. However, many people plan Halloween costumes to include colored lenses – from vampire red to zombie black.

Last year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a warning to consumers regarding the use of “over-the-counter” lenses. The warning was based on a research study from Japan that found chlorine and other dangerous materials in some types of non-prescription lenses! Although most of the types of lenses in the study are not legal to sell in the United States, designer lenses of unknown origin can be purchased in some retail locations, as well as online.

There is no “one size fits all” contact or scleral lens, and poorly fitting lenses can cause the eyes to develop scratches, sores and infections; extreme cases can even cause blindness. If you feel that you need specialty lenses to make your Halloween costume perfect, please visit your local optometrist and get a prescription!



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