This Halloween, Beware of Novelty Contacts

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Halloween Contacts Can Be Dangerous For Your Eyes | New York

Do you like dressing up in an elaborate costume for Halloween? You've probably seen people wearing specialty contact lenses as part of their Halloween costume, changing the color of the retinas and even the whites of their eyes. However, before getting any novelty contacts, you need to take the same precautions you would with any other contact lenses.

The most important precaution you should take is getting an eye exam, a contact lens fitting, and a prescription for the contacts from your eye doctor. You should do all this even if you do not have vision problems, and are only using the contacts for cosmetic purposes. Not all contacts are created equal, and you need to make sure the ones you're eyeing meet an professional eye doctor's approval.

People who wear contacts without a prescription and exam may suffer from:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Pinkeye
  • Corneal scarring
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Loss of vision
  • Blindness

To avoid these symptoms, do not buy contact lenses from a Halloween store or costume store, or anywhere that does not require you to give them a prescription. It is illegal for a store to sell contacts to customers without a prescription, even if the contacts do not affect your vision.

If you would like to get a doctor's approval for a set of novelty contacts, set up an appointment with the ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Care Centers. We will be happy to examine your eyes and help you find a legitimate, well-fitting set of contact lenses that can improve your vision--and possibly your Halloween costume as well!

Contact Seeta Eye Care over the phone at 845-454-1025 . We serve patients throughout Dutchess County, including in Poughkeepsie, Highland, Carmel, and Yorktown.