CLEVELAND – Changing the appearance of the eyes using decorative contact lenses may seem like a cool idea for Halloween – but beware.
Allison Babiuch, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic said using Halloween-themed contact lenses off-the-shelf without a prescription or proper fitting can be downright scary.
“If the contact lens isn’t fitted for your eye then it may move around like it shouldn’t on the eye,” said Dr. Babiuch. “That can put you at a higher risk of developing a scratch on your eye, which could lead to an infection.”
All contact lenses should be properly fitted by an eye doctor, said Dr. Babiuch.
During a contact lens exam, a doctor will take precise measurements and prescribe a lens that fits the size and curvature of the surface of the eye.
Dr. Babiuch warned that contact lenses should not be bought anywhere that doesn’t require a prescription – like a costume shop, beauty salon, drug store, or online.
Lenses that don’t fit properly may cause a scratch, infection, sore or even result in vision loss.
For those who have tried off-the-shelf lenses and experienced irritation, it’s a good idea to see an eye doctor.
“If your eyes are uncomfortable when you put them in, take them out,” said Dr. Babiuch. “If your eyes are still red, watery, irritated, or your vision is down after you take them out, you need to get evaluated.”
Dr. Babiuch said those who are interested in colored contact lenses should first discuss available options with their eye care provider.