Be scary but safe with decorative contact lenses this Halloween

Miami Contact Lens Institute reminds consumers of possible eye and vision problems resulting from the improper or illegal use of decorative contact lenses.

Miami – Halloween is all about trick-or-treating for the kids, and for partygoers, finding a creative costume that ‘wows.’ Some may wear decorative contact lenses as part of their costume. However, if these lenses are bought illegally and without a prescription from your eye doctor, they could lead to serious health issues and potentially damage your eyesight permanently.

Miami Contact Lens Insitute recommends talking to your doctor first and obtaining a prescription before incorporating decorative contact lenses as part of your costume.
Changing your eye color or creating the effect of being a character like a zombie, vampire, or movie character is very popular for Halloween, but every year, consumers are harmed by lenses purchased from questionable sources, said Dr. Kramer. Many consumers consider these lenses a fashion or costume accessory when, in reality, decorative lenses are also classified as medical devices and still pose the same potential safety and health issues as corrective contact lenses, and require a prescription.

To stay safe but be scary this Halloween, the Miami Contact Lens Institute offers five easy tips:

  • See a doctor of optometry for an in-person, comprehensive eye examination and proper fitting and prescription for decorative contacts lenses, even if you don’t require lenses to correct your vision;
  • Use cleaning solution to rub the lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight;
  • Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your case every three months;
  • Don’t share your lenses with friends or family members;
  • No matter how tired you are, do not sleep in your contacts.

 

Visit our clinic immediately if you experience redness, pain, irritation, or blurred vision while wearing your lenses.

For more information about contact lens hygiene and safety, as well as the risks associated with decorative contact lenses, please visit http://www.contactlenssafety.org/.

MCLI is committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff. We are taking extra precautions to keep our office as safe as possible yet ensure our ability to care for our patients. We diligently and continuously disinfect high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces, countertops, chairs, etc. If you are not feeling well or if you have been around anyone who is sick, we ask that you please reschedule your appointment. Please limit the number of people accompanying you to our office to 1 person. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us provide the safest environment we can for our patients. To schedule your appointment, please call (305) 814-2299.

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