Posted by: Crystal | October 27, 2009

Halloween Contact Lenses

Halloween eyes

As Halloween approaches people are looking for those last minute details that make a costume great. A Google seach of “Halloween Contact Lenses” pulled up many sites such as extremefx.com where people can purchase non perscription contact lenses. These lenses are designed to enhance the shocking quality of the wearers costume. However the FDA and the American Academy of Ophthalmology warn against just these types of purchases.

Extremefx.com boasts FDA approved on the online order form. And to their credit they also have a section titled Are They Safe which says

“There have been many FDA warnings and publications in Optometry magazines about the dangers of halloween costume contacts. As a result many people are afraid to wear them, considering them to be unsafe.

While it is true that there have been numerous cases of individuals contracting serious eye infections after having worn costume contact lenses, the lenses themselves aren’t the cause. Most times the problems have been caused by poor hygiene, improper lens care and sharing of lenses between friends. Even though Halloween Costume contacts can really complete the dramatic character transformation that your halloween costume requires always remember that your eyes are very precious. Halloween Contacts have to be treated with the same level of care that a regular contact lens wearer would take when caring for their regular contact lenses. NEVER share lenses with anyone else and NEVER wear someone else’s lenses. When lenses are shared, microscopic organisms are transferred between the wearers and serious eye problems can result…”

While the company does everything they can to follow the safety procedures asked of them, there is no mention of proper sizing of contact lenses. Nor are they able to train an unskilled person on the proper way to insert or remove a contact lens. If these costume additions concern you then make sure that your office staff is aware of this issue and that everyone is making an effort to educate your patients.

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