It’s almost Halloween! This year, you might be tempted to splurge on some novelty contact lenses to complete your spooky look.
Although it might sound fun to make your eyes look like a cat’s, resist the urge! Most colored contact lenses are not safe.
What makes colored contact lenses dangerous?
Unlike regular contact lenses, costume contacts can be purchased without a prescription. While most people think that a prescription isn’t necessary if you have perfect vision, this is incorrect – contact lenses must fit perfectly against your eye to avoid causing injury. There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” contact lens.
Ill-fitting novelty contact lenses can lead to infection, injury, or even blindness. Colored contact lenses are only safe if they’ve been prescribed to you by a doctor.
What are the risks associated with wearing colored contact lenses?
Wearing contact lenses without a prescription can result in:
- Corneal abrasions (cuts on the eye)
- Corneal ulcers (open sores on the cornea)
- Keratitis (a painful bacterial infection that can cause blindness)
Some costume contact lenses – specifically “circle lenses” – prevent the eye from receiving enough oxygen to function properly. Circle lenses are not FDA approved.
If colored contact lenses are dangerous, why are they easy to buy?
It’s always easy to find colored contact lenses, particularly during the Halloween system. Despite their prevalence, colored contact lenses are illegal to sell without a prescription. Vendors who sell costume lenses without a prescription can be reported to the FDA.
Do you have any more questions about colored contact lenses or eye health? Medical Eye Specialists today to learn more about how to keep your eyes healthy year round.