Halloween costumes are getting even more detailed these days with folks buying the contact lenses to change the look of their eye or their eye color. According CBS Philly on Oct. 25, you might want to think twice before you put non-prescription Halloween contact lenses in your eyes.
You can have a cat’s eye, an eye of a reptile, or you can go with stars or star bursts of color to change the look of your eye for your Halloween costume. You can make your eyes look like gaping black holes or glazed over for that look of a zombie, the choices are vast for eye designs. Wearing these online or store contacts can cause you a medical problem, reports Dr. Ann Murchison, co-director of the emergency department at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Around Halloween the visits to the emergency room for eye problems spike due to eyes getting irritated from the generic contacts people wear with their Halloween costumes. Many of the visits are for doctors to remove contacts that people cannot get out of their eye. Dr. Murchison said about buying and wearing the Halloween contacts:
“This can lead to not only a lot of discomfort but eye infection and contact lenses that have to be retrieved by a doctor in the emergency room ,” she warns, “and I think people are just not aware that contact lenses bought from a vendor down the street or over the Internet without a prescription are hazardous to their health.”
This gives you some vision (pun intended) on the dangers of wearing these generic contact lenses. Granted, they look cool and some can even make a terrific costume even better, but is it worth putting the health of your eyes in danger?