Consult an Eye Care Professional if Your Halloween Costume Includes Scary Eyes
Acuity Eye Center Lahore Pakistan and the American Academy of Ophthalmology warn about the dangers of illegal costume contact lenses lurking on store shelves and invading online retailers.
Creepy costume lenses might add a spine-tingling thrill to your Halloween costume, but wearing costume contact lenses without a prescription can lead to serious eye infections or permanent vision loss. Decorative lenses are medical devices, not costume jewelry. They must be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional, just like regular contact lenses. That's why Acuity Eye Center Lahore Pakistan and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are urging people to buy decorative contact lenses only from retailers who require a prescription and sell FDA-approved products.
A poorly fitted contact lens can easily scrape the cornea, the outer layer of the eye, making the eye more vulnerable to infection-causing bacteria and viruses. Sometimes scarring from an infection is so bad, a corneal transplant is required to restore vision. The most extreme cases can end in blindness.
Although it is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses, they are available at costume shops, gas stations, corner shops, and online. Research shows that people who purchase contacts without a prescription face a 16-fold increased risk of developing an infection.
Tips for Using Costume Contact Lenses:
See an eye care professional who gets a prescription for costume contact lenses
Packaging that claims “one size fits all” or “no need to see an eye doctor” is false. Get properly fitted by an ophthalmologist (physicians and surgeons who specialize in medical and surgical eye care) or optometrist (healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care).
Proper care of contact lenses
Even if you have a prescription for contact lenses, proper care remains essential. Cleanliness is an important aspect of proper contact lens care and handling of your new lenses. Your hands should be clean and free of any foreign substances when you handle your lenses:
Never share contact Lenses
Pink eye isn’t a good look, even for a costume. Sharing contacts can spread germs, causing conditions such as pink eye, which is highly contagious.
Spread the word to others about the dangers of costume contacts
Don’t let friends make the mistake of wearing costume contacts without a prescription.
“The FDA oversees the safety and effectiveness of all contact lenses because they are a medical device, even the ghoulish ones people wear on Halloween,” said Thomas L. Steinemann, MD, a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “It’s important that you use only FDA-approved lenses prescribed for your eyes.”
Here is the message of our Lead Consultant Professor Dr. Zia Ul Mazhry
" Please be careful, the poorly fitted contact lenses could be the beginning of serious eye problems. When it comes to colored or decorative contact lens the only safe when these are prescribed by a qualified eye doctor and purchased from an authentic source."
براہ کرم محتاط رہیں ، ناقص فٹ کنٹیکٹ لینز آنکھوں کے سنگین مسائل کا باعث بن سکتا ہے۔ جب رنگین یا آرائشی کانٹیکٹ لینز کی بات آتی ہے تو یہ اس وقت محفوظ ہوتا ہے جب یہ آنکھوں کے کوالیفائیڈ ڈاکٹر کے ذریعہ تجویز کیا جاتا ہے اور مستند ذریعہ سے خریدا جاتا ہے۔
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