Keep your eyes healthy on the spookiest night of the year
Think those cosmetic contact lenses are the perfect finish for your spooky costume? Think again!
Non-prescribed costume lenses are very dangerous to your eye health. When contact lenses are not fit by a professional they can lead to many serious conditions, from painful corneal abrasions, to infections, to even blindness. Not only that, it is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses.
A study published in Pediatrics in 2010 found over 13,000 emergency room visits each year by teens and children for contact lens related problems.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has some great resources to learn more about these over-the-counter novelty lenses.
This link shares Four Frightening Ways Costume Contact Lenses Can Ruin Your Vision.
Look here if you are interested in more detailed information, or a guide for how to safely purchase and use colored contacts.
This video is a public service announcement by the American Academy of Ophthalmology which reveals some graphic pictures of serious eye injuries from non-prescription lenses. Don't watch if you are squeamish! 30 second public service announcement.
So on Halloween this year, don't fall to the temptation of non-prescription lenses. No prescription? No way!
Category: Patient Education