It’s that time of year again. Halloween offers us a time to talk about special effect contacts.
Special effect contact lenses are a favorite way for people to distinguish a look or costume. These contacts are extremely popular around Halloween as a way to add a creative edge and help costumes stand out from the other ghouls and goblins. But, scarier than any character that goes bump in the night this time of year, wearing contacts that without a proper fitting or prescription can cause eye damage and even blindness. This article outlines some of the safety tips to ensure the proper use of special effect contact lenses.
Many may not consider the dangers of wearing contact lenses. However, Community Eye Center would like to inform about the risks of improper use of contacts that are not fitted by an eye doctor. These dangers include:
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Red, irritated eyes
- Eye Pain
- Bacterial infections (including microbial keratitis)
- Allergic responses
- Irreversible vision loss/blindness
Even if vision correction is not needed, for safety, people should never purchase contact lenses without obtaining a contact lens fitting and prescription from an eye doctor. Contact lenses purchased from costume shops, convenience stores or anywhere that do not require a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist can be extremely harmful to vision and health.
Whatsmore, eye health professionals will offer information about how to store, wear and clean contact lenses including tips for safe handling. Adhering to the advice from your eye doctor can make a big difference in preventing eye conditions caused by wearing contact lenses.
Below are some epic costume looks that can be safely achieved with proper use of special effect contacts.
Directed by the desire to care for patients’ individual needs, Community Eye Center offers an array of eye health services from complex surgery cases as well as routine eye exams and contact lens fittings. Call 941-625-1325 or schedule your eye exam online today.