Posted by: juliegriffey | October 29, 2012

Is it Worth Risking Your Vision for the Perfect Halloween Costume?

Having just assembled Halloween costumes for my three kids, I am momentarily keyed in to all the details required to pull a costume together.  It is often one small detail that clarifies what exactly you are supposed to be.  For my daughter who is dressing up as Medusa, the key accessory is the snake headpiece.  (Hopefully that will be arriving by UPS today!) But what if you want to go as a zombie?  You gotta have red eyes. And the easiest way to get red eyes is to wear some colored contacts.

THINK TWICE before buying a pair of colored contacts for your Halloween look.  These types of contacts can be extremely damaging to your eyes.  Recently, KSDK in St. Louis did a story on this topic where an optometrist explained the problem with these colored contacts.

“The Halloween contact lenses come in a one size fits all. One size does not fit all, just as we can all relate to getting a pair of shoes that doesn’t fit. You end up with blisters on your feet. Same idea: you’ll end up with an abrasion, which can lead to an ulcer, which can lead to an eye infection.”

Until recently, colored contacts were being sold at many costume stores throughout the United States.  However, when it became clear that these could pose a danger to a wearer’s eyes, most stopped selling them.

So – I hate to be the bearer of bad news if you were planning on wearing some colored contacts to complete your look on Halloween.  But for the sake of your eyes, perhaps you should check out some wigs.  A good wig can really make a look.


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