Thursday 30 October 2014

Halloween Safety Tip: The SCARY truth about decorative contact lenses

It may seem fun to use colored contacts to complement the most creative costume; however, contacts worn for cosmetic purposes pose a threat to your eyehealth and vision if not properly fitted, even if there is no prescription in the lens.

A poor fit can cause serious eye damage, including:

• Scratches on the cornea

• Corneal infection

• Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

• Decreased vision

• Blindness

The FDA classifies contact lenses as “medical devices,” and they should be prescribed by a doctor of optometry. Vendors that advertise decorative contact lenses as cosmetic products or sell them without a prescription are breaking the law.

Scare your friends with your spooky colored lenses, but make sure to visit your local optometrist first!

Thanks to the California Optometric Association for the Infographic.

Posted by Tim Sandle

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