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Watch Out For This Halloween Hazard!

POSTED ON October 26, 2011

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With Halloween less than a week away you may be visiting a costume shop or souvenir store soon. But when you do, don’t fall victim to a Halloween hazard that can permanently damage your vision: decorative contact lenses. Decorative contact lenses are often used to enhance a Halloween costume. But few people are aware of the risks associated with such wear. The American Academy of Ophthalmology points out that it’s illegal to sell decorative lenses without a prescription in the United States. The law classifies all ...

With Halloween less than a week away you may be visiting a costume shop or souvenir store soon. But when you do, don’t fall victim to a Halloween hazard that can permanently damage your vision: decorative contact lenses.

Decorative contact lenses are often used to enhance a Halloween costume. But few people are aware of the risks associated with such wear.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology points out that it’s illegal to sell decorative lenses without a prescription in the United States. The law classifies all contact lenses as medical devices with restricted distribution.

Contact lenses aren’t available as “one size fits all.” Your Indiana eye doctor warns that lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch your eye. Permanent eye damage can result from wearing decorative lenses. Many cosmetic lenses are not FDA-approved and are being sold illegally.

To wear contact lenses, you must have an eye exam and a valid prescription from your optometrist. Even though decorative lenses are only for cosmetic use, they are still placed directly on your eyes, therefore they must be properly fit.

Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates can help you determine if contact lenses are right for you. If you decide to go with the cat eye look for Halloween, make sure your lenses are prescribed by an eye care professional.

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