Jeepers Creepers….protect those peepers this Halloween

October 14, 2011

Halloween is just around the corner, and you may already be thinking of what you’ll dress up as, or perhaps you already have your costume picked out. Are you planning on completing that costume with some funky contact lenses?

Perhaps some mesmerizing orange ones that would befit a Cullen vampire?

Or perhaps you’re going for the werewolf look?

Or maybe in a tribute to the new series The Walking Dead, you’re opting for a zombie look:

Whatever the case, beware. Over-the-counter contact lenses have proven to cause major eye damage. Dr. Mary Migneco, a Washington University optometrist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital was recently interviewed for an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and she had this to say about the poorly made lenses:

“It’s fun to enhance your Halloween costume, but one night of fun is not worth losing your vision.”

See, these lenses that you can purchase at your corner costume shop are not a “one-size-fits-all” kind. You get fit for contact lenses by your eye doctor, why wouldn’t the same rule apply to these types of lenses. If they’re poorly made, they can cause an abrasion to the eye, which is an open wound. If bacteria gets in that wound, infection could happen, and you could very well damage or lose sight altogether in that eye.

Another problem that many of these cool-looking lenses cause is hampered vision. If you’re going with the cat-eye look, which has an altered pupil, it could result in limited peripheral vision. This could put you in a dangerous situation, whether you’re driving a car or simply walking from one room to another.

The best way to protect yourself from these dangers is to forgo the lenses altogether. If you’re intent on using them, go to a licensed eye-care professional and get a prescriptions from a reputable vendor.

 

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