Beware. Non-Prescription Costume Contacts Can Be Harmful!

Wearing costume, decorative, or cosmetic contact lenses may seem fun and harmless, but you should be very cautious. Non-FDA-approved contact lenses can severely damage your eyes and can even cause permanent blindness. Inexpensive contact lenses made in China and other part of the world are dangerous. It is illegal in the United States to sell contact lenses of any type without a doctor’s prescription.

Not all is lost, you can obtain safe costume, decorative, and cosmetic contact lenses safely. These contact lenses can make your eyes look different in many ways, from changing the eye’s color or pupil shape to giving cartoon or film character effects.

Obtaining prescription contact lenses for Halloween or any other occasion requires careful consideration and adherence to safety guidelines. Here’s how you can ensure you get Halloween prescription contact lenses, decorative or cosmetic lenses, safely:

Schedule an Eye Exam: The first step is to have a comprehensive eye examination by an eye care professional. This ensures your prescription is up-to-date and your eyes are healthy and suitable for contact lens wear.

Consult an Eye Specialist: Discuss your intention to wear contact lenses with the eye specialist. They can help you choose safe, comfortable, and suitable lenses for your eyes. They will measure your eyes to find lenses that fit properly.

Get a Prescription: Obtain a valid prescription for contact lenses from your eye care professional. This prescription should include the lens material, base curve, and diameter details. Never buy contact lenses without a prescription, as it is unsafe and illegal in the U.S.

Purchase from Reputable Sources: Purchase your lenses from a reputable and licensed source. This can be an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or a reliable online retailer that requires a valid prescription before selling lenses. Check your sources carefully!

Follow Hygiene and Care Instructions: Once you have your lenses, strictly follow the hygiene and care instructions provided by your eye care professional and the lens manufacturer. Clean and store your lenses properly to prevent eye infections and other complications.

Avoid Sharing Lenses: Contact lenses are personal and should never be shared with others. Sharing lenses can transfer harmful bacteria and lead to eye infections.

Regular Check-ups: If you plan to wear contact lenses frequently, schedule regular check-ups with your eye care professional. They can monitor the health of your eyes and ensure your lenses continue to fit well.

Remove Lenses if Discomfort Occurs: If you experience any discomfort, redness, pain, or changes in vision while wearing your lenses, remove them immediately and consult your eye care professional.

By following these steps and prioritizing your eye health, you can enjoy wearing Halloween prescription contact lenses safely and comfortably.

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