Decorative Contact Lenses Can Hurt Your Eyes

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Wearing nonprescription decorative contact lenses that make your eyes resemble those of a werewolf or vampire can actually damage your eyes.
Most over-the-counter decorative contact lenses used for Halloween are illegal and could actually damage your eyes.

Doctors warn there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” contact lens and say consumers who purchase lenses without a prescription put themselves at risk for serious bacterial infections, allergic reactions or can even cause significant damage to the eye’s ability to function and cause irreversible loss of sight.

Even though the lenses are illegal, decorative lenses are still sold daily to consumers through sources such as the internet, flea markets, convenience stores and beauty salons

Doctors warn that patients need to have a proper medical eye and vision examination to ensure that contact lenses are suitable for a person and are properly fitted.  Contact lenses must also be cared for in a proper manner or they can cause eye damage.

A 2012 study by the American Optometric Association found 18 percent of Americans wear non-corrective, decorative or colored contact lenses.  Of those people, 28 percent said they bought the lenses without a prescription and from a source other than an eye doctor.


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