Wearing unprescribed contact lenses can make you go blind. And Halloween party goers are just as likely to don a pair of these eye wear items as someone wanting to change their eye color for other reasons. And one eye doctor is warning Georgians that where you buy your these types of eye lenses can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your eyesight.
CBS Atlanta reports on Oct. 29 that some gas stations and stores around Metro Atlanta are selling colored contact lenses when they don't have a legal permit to do so and when they haven't went through the state-required training process.
Georgia law dictates hundreds of hours of training are required to be able to sell colored contacts to the public. Violators of that law are putting the public's sight at risk, since they don't know how to properly advise purchasers about the product they are going to use. But on top of that, some contact lenses are slipping past the FDA's inspection process too, and that agency is supposed to regulate these products for Americans' safety. But Homeland Security says that some of those lenses are being imported illegally.
Optometrist Dr. Kristie Bennett was asked what was the worst thing that could happen to those who made the purchase without a doctor's prescription, and she said if you wear unprescribed eye lenses you could "lose your sight" as a result.
Novelty contact lenses such as those sold at Halloween can be purchased online, so you might not know whether they have been illegally imported or not. They are not dispensed or prescribed by a doctor, and they are just as dangerous for a person as those that can be bought without a prescription at your local gas station. So if wearing colored lenses is your goal, be sure to get a doctor to prescribe them for you, so you don't jeopardize your eyesight.