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Frightening risks of wearing costume contact lenses

Posted By Chet Seward, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tell your patients that a good scare isn't worth it this Halloween. Wearing scary-looking costume contact lenses without a prescription could result in blindness. 

It is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses, but they can still be easily purchased at places such as beauty supply stores, costume shops and on the Internet. Falsely advertised as “one-size-fits-all” or “no prescription necessary,” these lenses can cause serious eye damage. 

Share these five frightening consequences of ignoring the warnings with your patients: 

  • Scratches to the eye – If contacts are not professionally fitted to your eye, they can scratch the clear front window of the eye. This is called a corneal abrasion, which is not only painful, but can cause permanent damage. 
  • Infection – Research shows wearing non-prescription contacts increases the risk of an infection called keratitis by 16 times. 
  • Pink eye – Never share contacts because doing so can spread germs, causing conditions such as pink eye
  • Decreased vision – Whether from a corneal scratch or infection, wearing non-prescription contacts can lead to decreased vision. 
  • Blindness – It’s no scare tactic: wearing non-prescription contacts can lead to permanent vision loss.

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