Even if your sexy cat costume wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the same without them, fight the urge to pick up specialty contact lenses from a novelty shop. The American Optometric Association warns that cosmetic contact lenses available without a prescription can cause serious injuriesÃ¢â‚¬”including cuts, bacterial infections, and even vision loss.
See, contact lensesÃ¢â‚¬”even spooky, neon onesÃ¢â‚¬”are classified as medical devices, which must be approved by the FDA and are only supposed to be distributed by licensed eye care professionals. So while you may be able to find prescription-free lenses at Halloween stores, novelty shops, or online, that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re safe; anyone selling contact lenses who isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a licensed eye care professional has purchased them illegally, says Lisa Weiss, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., member of the California Optometric Association.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When we fit contact lenses, we need to check for many different things so that the cornea and the front surface of the eye are healthy when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re wearing them,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Weiss, a member of the California Optometric Association. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Even if it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a prescription in it, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still putting the same piece of plastic on your eye that you would if it did have a prescription in it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
So regardless of whether or not you have perfect vision, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll still have to go for an eye exam to get Halloween lenses that are actually safe. And if you feel anything out of the ordinary while wearing themÃ¢â‚¬”like redness, pain, puffiness, swelling, blurred vision, etc.Ã¢â‚¬”take them out immediately, says Weiss. If the problem persists, head to your eye doctor to get it checked out.
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