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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Decorative Contact Lenses and Halloween

Halloween means tricks or treats, ghosts and goblins, costumes lenses. Specifically, decorative or zero-powered contact lenses. These lenses are designed to give your eyes a different color or look, like a cat or animal character.  Unfortunately, many people obtain these contacts without a prescription either from the Internet or over-the-counter at a beauty salon or convenience store.  For the past several years it has been illegal to sell decorative contacts as over-the-counter products. According to refractive surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D., the risks of this type of purchase can't be understated. He states the risks include corneal abrasion, corneal ulcer, corneal scarring with permanent vision impairment, or even blindness. Dr. Spagnolo says that as with any contact lens, a person wishing to wear decorative contacts needs an eye exam from an licensed eye care professional. This exam includes ensuring that the eyes are healthy, that the selected contact lenses fit well, and that the contact lens wearer is instructed in the proper use and care of contact lenses so as to minimize the risks listed above.

To read about someone who bought decorative lenses without a prescription click here.  For more information, check out the following link: FDA and contacts