Scary Lenses: Five Frightening Risks of Wearing Costume Contact Lenses
Scary-looking costume contact lenses may elevate your Halloween’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in ensuring the public understands the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses.
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.
Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic reminds patients of five frightening consequences of ignoring the warnings:
1.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 corneal abrasions, which is not only painful, but can cause permanent damage.
2.Research shows – wearing non prescription contacts increases the risk of an infection called keratitis by 16 times. Early treatment with antibiotic or steroid drops may preserve vision, but sometimes surgery, such as corneal transplantation, is necessary.
3.Pink eye – Never share contacts because doing so can spread germs, causing conditions such as pink eye. Highly contagious, pink eye treatment depends on the cause, but typically includes some home remedies and antibiotic eye drops.
4.Decreased vision – Whether from a corneal scratch or infection, wearing non-prescription contacts can lead to decreased vision.
5.Blindness – It’s no scare tactic: wearing non-prescription contacts can lead to permanent vision loss. Learn how to take proper care of your contact lenses to avoid dangerous eye infections.
One night of looking scary in costume lenses is not worth losing your eyesight. Protect your vision by getting prescription lenses from an eye health professional.
Prescription contact lenses are available to order through Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic.
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