Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses Are No Treat, Docs Say

From Drugs.com - October 27, 2017

Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses Are No Treat, Docs Say

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 -- If you are tempted to buy Halloween-styled contact lenses without a prescription -- do not do it, eye experts warn.

Doing so could lead to serious problems and potentially damage your eyesight, according to the American Optometric Association.

Some decorative lenses are sold illegally at flea markets, beauty salons, convenience stores, national retailers and over the internet.

Never buy contact lenses from these sources, the association says.

"If you can walk in off the street, or log on to a website and buy them without verification of your prescription, the lenses are not being sold legally," said Dr. Glenda Secor, past chair of the association's contact lens and cornea section.

"Even though these are non-corrective lenses, they still pose the same potential health and safety risks as other contact lenses," said Secor.

"When purchased over the counter, decorative contact lenses can put people at risk for bacterial infections, allergic reactions, or even significant damage to the eye's ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss," Secor said in a news release from the group. "Sadly, numerous cases of serious harm have been documented."


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