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Halloween contact lenses can up your costume but damage your eyes

27 lipca 2021, 07:23
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Halloween contact lenses can up your costume but damage your eyes

Costume contact lenses are hard to resist on Halloween. Just pop a couple of contacts into your eyes and your face transforms into a monster, a demon, a corpse or a cat. For about $20 a pair, the lenses can make your eyes look anything but human.To get more news about COLORED CONTACT, you can visit official website.

Decorative lenses, which change the way your eyes look, have been around for a couple of decades — and they’ve become de rigeur for people who are serious about their costume game.But think twice before you put any foreign objects on your eyeballs, optometrists say: Costume contact lenses can seriously damage the eyes, causing infections, scratches, abrasions and even corneal ulcers. They’re not safe, doctors say, unless you’ve had them fitted by a professional.

Costume contacts are easy to buy online and at beauty supply stores, novelty stores, Halloween stores and even some boutiques and salons. Some will even claim their lenses are FDA-approved.

But the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that without an eye exam and a prescription, costume contacts aren’t just a bad idea —they’re being sold illegally.

Last month, the American Academy of Opthalmology issued a warning about the dangers of wearing them without a prescription. “They might seem like a no-fuss way to add something extra to a costume,” said the academy’s warning. “But contact lenses are medical devices.”The American Optometric Association has also weighed in against decorative contacts.

Dr. Samuel Pierce, the association’s president, said he remembers treating a college student who bought a set of contacts from a gas station or a beauty supply store. She’d never worn contacts before, but watched a YouTube video to learn how to insert them, then wore the lenses to a series of Halloween parties. At one point, she fell asleep without removing them, he said.To get more news about Halloween contact, you can visit official website.

“She developed a corneal ulcer,” Pierce said, that’s an open sore on the cornea that can often lead to blindness.The student’s ulcer was treatable and she experienced no permanent loss of vision, he said, but that was a stroke of luck. The ulcer was located just outside the patient’s major line of sight, he said: “A few millimeters more central, and she could have had permanent vision loss.”

What goes wrong

A one-size-fits-all contact can cause serious pain and “permanent eye damage,” according to the American Academy of Opthalmology. Here’s what could go wrong:

Abrasions and scratches: The FDA warns against buying contacts without a prescription: Even if you don’t need corrective lenses, you need a prescription for the shape and the curvature of the particular contact you’ll be putting in your eye. If the lens isn’t designed for your eye, you can experience excruciating pain — and wearing it can lead to abrasions and corneal ulcers.

Blocked vision: If a lens isn’t designed to fit your eye, it can easily slip away from its centered position, Pierce said. And that can mean you won’t be able to see. Let’s say you put in lenses with a spiral or a spiderweb design — or black sclera contacts, which make your entire eye appear as an inky black vacuum. 


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