Costume contact lenses

As Halloween is fast approaching, some folks are busy putting together their costumes. While most people may put a wig on or find a new themed outfit, others look for additional measures for altering their appearance. Non-prescription contact lenses come in a variety of colors and patterns to enhance a costume.

While going the extra mile for ones’ costume may seem like harmless fun, costume contact lenses can come with a myriad of complications-some that can permanently threaten vision. Non-prescription contact lenses are not regulated by the F.D.A. and thus often do not meet minimum quality standards. Sometimes toxic chemicals are included in the solution they rest in and other times, the contact lenses may adhere much too tightly to the cornea-or the front of the eye. Complications range from redness and irritation all the way to bacterial ulcers, corneal abrasions, and potential for endophthalmitis-an infection affecting the entire eye.

Simply put, non-prescription contact lenses-often found at some pop-up Halloween stores–are not worth the risk.

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