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Halloween is just around the corner and while my kids are excited about their skeleton and princess costumes, others may be thinking of enhancing their costumes with decorative contact lenses.
If you are planning on colored contact lenses for your costume, it is important that you see a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist and get FDA-approved lenses. These eye care professionals will make sure that the contact lens you want fits properly and is manufactured correctly.
What can happen
You may be tempted to avoid the hassle of seeing a professional for a prescription. Maybe it might be easier to buy lenses from a costume shop or through an online retailer, but it’s not worth the risk. Wearing unapproved lenses that do not fit properly can result in corneal abrasions and ulcers. These injuries can lead to major eye surgeries such as corneal transplants, and in some cases lead to permanent vision loss.
Some recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
(Photo credit: American Academy of Ophthalmology)