Wish your eyes were a different color or that you could change their ‘look’? That's exactly why some people find decorative contact lenses appealing. Cosmetic, theatrical, circular, decorative, costume, colored and Halloween contact lenses are some of the names used to describe the lenses that give you eyes a new appearance.
To prevent complications, infection and potential vision loss, all contact lenses should be purchased using a prescription from your eye doctor. Otherwise, your risk the following:
- Scratches to the eye – If your contacts aren't fitted properly or are of inferior quality, they can harm your cornea. A corneal abrasion is a painful condition that can result in lasting damage and even vision loss.
- Inflammation of the cornea – According to studies, wearing non-prescription contacts raises the incidence of keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)16-fold. In the best of cases, early treatment with antibiotics or steroid drops may help to maintain vision, and in the worst of cases—surgery may be required.
- Pink eye – Many people think it’s not a problem to wear someone else’s cosmetic lenses. In reality, sharing contacts can transfer germs and lead to infections like pink eye. To treat pink eye, your eye doctor will need to understand the root of the issue, but usually antibiotic eye drops suffice.
- Vision loss – Wearing non-prescription contacts may cause vision loss—and in extreme cases even blindness—as a result of corneal damage or infection.
Checklist for Decorative Contact Lens Wearers
- Make sure you get a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor, who will properly measure your eyes to fit your contacts.
- Obtain a prescription from your eye doctor that contains all pertinent information, such as the
specifications of the contacts, the expiration date, and the brand name.
- Check that the contact lenses you ordered are identical to the prescription.
- Decorative contact lenses should always be purchased from a reputable source. Note that only reliable retailers demand a prescription.
- Follow your eye doctor hygiene guidelines for cleaning, inserting, removing, and storing contact lenses.
- Make an appointment for a follow-up eye exam as recommended by your eye doctor.
- Never let anyone else use your contact lenses.
Enjoy your Halloween without the stress or agony of an eye infection or a damaged cornea by following these contact lens safety instructions. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Drs Alan B. Schlussel and Christine Law, O.D. in Manhattan today.
- A: Yes, if they are prescribed by an optometrist. Most people are able to wear tinted contact lenses safely if they are used as instructed. Following your optometrist’s instructions is essential for successful contact lens wear.
- A: Yes. Even if you don't need vision correction, contact lenses are medical equipment that should be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional.
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