Contact lenses for Halloween! You bet. Alot of people want to dress up including their eyes for that scary look. Contact lenses that change your eye color have been around a long time. In the past few years some companies have started making contact lenses for Halloween. Most people don’t know that all contact lenses, including those that are only intended to change the appearance of the eye. require a prescription from an eye doctor.
The reason is that contacts are an FDA approved medical device that has to undergo numerous tests for patient safety. That takes years and lot of R and D. Only then can contacts be fit by only by an eye doctor.
Although not a regulatory enforcement entity, the AOA takes seriously its central mission of serving as a resource to the public for reliable and current information related to eye and vision care, as well as safeguarding patients’ eye health. These concerns put these contacts render violations with the industry enforcement agency, the FTC, helps put these concerns under federal spotlight.
These sales potentially put patients at risk for sight-threatening complications. It’s a matter of public safety.”
Resources for doctors of optometry
An estimated 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, which provide many vision benefits provided they are worn safely. With Halloween a few short weeks away, the observance presents an opportunity for doctors of optometry to warn patients about the perils of purchasing decorative contact lens without prescriptions.
Decorative lenses are particularly popular among young adults and teenagers as accessories to their costumes. Don’t buy easily accessible decorative contact lenses from street vendors, salons and beauty supply stores, boutiques, flea markets, seasonal retailers, convenience stores and internet sites that don’t require prescriptions.
The danger of purchasing contact lens at these locations? No prescriptions are required, putting the public’s eye and vision health at risk.
Optometrists are growing increasingly concerned about the risks for patients. Allergic reactions or bacterial eye infections from contaminated, poorly fitted decorative lenses can occur rapidly, causing a painful corneal ulcer or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. The AOA regularly underscores the essentialness of annual, comprehensive eye examinations.
Ask Dr. Warren Johnson or Dr. Do Nguyen first before getting any of these Halloween contacts!
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