October 11, 2017
Does Your Halloween Plan Include Scary Eyes? Be Sure to See Your Eye Care Professional for the Right Fit
Every year, ophthalmologists treat patients who suffer painful, blinding complications from wearing contact lenses that have not been properly fitted by an eye care professional. People like:
While it is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses, they can still be purchased at beauty supply stores, costume shops or on the web. Falsely advertised as "one-size-fits-all" or "no prescription necessary," these lenses can cause serious eye damage.
Even if you have perfect vision, you still need to obtain a valid prescription and eye exam from an ophthalmologist ? a medical doctor who treats eye conditions and diseases ? or optometrist. Contact lenses are a medical device
There are four ways over-the-counter decorative contact lenses can seriously harm your eyes:
Contact lenses, including nonprescription lenses, are not costume jewelry. They are FDA-regulated medical devices that must be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional. And they must be cared for with the same hygiene rules as regular contact lenses.
"Don't lose your vision to cheap contact lenses," warns Thomas L. Steinemann, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "If you must have contact lenses to complete your Halloween costume, avoid over-the-counter ones at all costs. Protect your vision by getting prescription lenses from an eye health professional."
The Academy encourages the public to watch and share its "No Prescription, No Way" public service announcement that shows the serious damage that these non-prescription costume contact lenses can inflict on the eyes.
Visit the Academy's EyeSmart® website to learn more about contact lens safety.
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