How Decorative Contact Lenses Can Damage Your Eyes: You May Want to Skip this Part of Your Halloween Costume

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 7-Oct-2015

Many of us know people who go full force when creating, designing, and putting together their Halloween costumes. Some buy the costume, shoes, and accessories, dye their hair vibrant colors, and even wear decorative contact lenses. While many of these costume constituents may seem harmless, decorative contact lenses can actually be quite dangerous on the eyes.

The Food and Drug Administration regulates the quality of contacts since they are intended to be used as medical devices placed in the eyes to correct imperfect vision. However, many stores and businesses list these decorative contact lenses as cosmetics or over-the-counter merchandise. This is against the law and can be a major reason why many persons purchase these pieces of merchandise.

Below is a list of ways these decorative contact lenses can harm your eyes.

  • Scratch and damage the corneas
  • Initiate corneal infections
  • Promote conjunctivitis (commonly referred to as pink eye)
  • Decrease your quality of vision
  • Cause blindness

Additionally, most of these decorative lenses do not come with the proper cleaning or moistening solutions. If contact lenses become dry or are not cleaned, a person can sustain rapid bacterial infections which can lead to blindness in as little as 24 hours.

So this Halloween, consider a safer method to vamp up your costume. Remember, you only get one set of eyes. It is important to take care of them as best you can and avoid any unnecessary damages to any parts of the eyes.

The Symptoms of a Damages Eye or Eye Infection

If you have worn decorative contact lenses and feel as though your eyes are irritated or not in a normal condition, it is important that you contact an experienced Dallas ophthalmologist right away. Do not hesitate to call if you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Persistent redness in the eye(s)
  • Continuous pain in the eyes
  • Decreased quality of vision

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, contact our Dallas ophthalmologists today. We are passionate about helping our clients. The team at Key-Whitman Eye Center understands how tempting it can be to wear products that change the color and appearance of your eyes. Unfortunately, these products pose extremely dangerous risks for users and should be avoided at all costs.

When it comes to exceptional healthcare for your eyes and vision, we are second to none. Call our team today!

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