A warning about costume contacts

October 23, 2018 by From Mayo Clinic News Network, Mayo Clinic News Network

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about the risks of Halloween costume contacts.

Seen by some as the finishing touch to a ghoulish getup, the FDA says the poorly fitted contacts could be the beginning of serious .

When it comes to colored or decorative contact lens—Halloween buyer beware.

"The only safe contact lenses are when you go to an eye doctor—so somebody who is actually certified in being able to look at your eyes and fit you for a prescription," says Dr. Vandana Bhide, an internal medicine specialist.

Dr. Bhide is echoing a recent warning from the FDA, saying, for contacts, a prescription is a must. The alert specifically lists boutiques, novelty and Halloween stores as places not to buy contact .

That's because contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all devices. Dr. Bhide says a poor fit can cause serious injury.

"And, specifically, the part of the eye that's most concerning is what's called the cornea, which is the front," she says. "It's the clear part of the eye that covers the pupil and the colored part of the eye, and that is a membrane that can very easily get damaged."

Scratches on the cornea, infections and impaired vision are all possible results of bad lenses.

"It's really not worth all of the potential problems that you can have," adds Dr. Bhide.

Her advice is skip the colored contacts and the risks that come with them, and choose a happy—albeit slightly less spooky—Halloween.

Explore further: Loyola optometrist warns not to wear tinted contact lenses for Halloween without a prescription

2 shares

Related Stories

Loyola optometrist warns not to wear tinted contact lenses for Halloween without a prescription

October 23, 2012
Decorative tinted contact lenses will be popular accessories this Halloween, but a Loyola University Medical Center optometrist is warning that improper use could cause severe eye damage.

Don't get tricked into hurting your eyes with unsafe contact lenses for Halloween

October 25, 2011
(Medical Xpress) -- Some people think it’s cool to give themselves “cat” eyes, “wolf” eyes or really bloodshot eyes for Halloween. That’s possible with decorative contact lenses, but an optometrist ...

Sleep in your contacts, risk serious eye damage: CDC

August 16, 2018
(HealthDay)—A 59-year-old man was in the shower, wiping his eyes with a towel, when he heard a popping sound and felt pain shoot through his left eye.

Color contacts are popular for costumes but bad for the eyes

October 31, 2014
On Halloween, Morgan Foy will transform into Elise, the Spider Queen from the online video game "League of Legends."

Costume contact lenses pose dangers

October 18, 2013
Wearing cosmetic contact lenses might seem like a nice way to finish off a good Halloween costume, but they can cause serious eye injury, according to an association of ophthalmologists.

It's 'Buyer beware' for decorative contact lenses, FDA says

July 29, 2014
(HealthDay)—Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun accessory, but if you're not careful, they can cause serious eye damage.

Recommended for you

Scientists combine technologies to view the retina in unprecedented detail

November 14, 2018
By combining two imaging modalities—adaptive optics and angiography—investigators at the National Eye Institute (NEI) can see live neurons, epithelial cells, and blood vessels deep in the eye's light-sensing retina. Resolving ...

Eyepatch with dissolvable needles used to treat eye disease

November 12, 2018
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Singapore has developed an eyepatch with dissolvable needles for use in treating eye diseases. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the ...

Calcifications in the eye increase risk for progression to advanced AMD by more than six times

November 8, 2018
Calcified nodules in the retina are associated with progression to late stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Experts from Queen's University Belfast, working in partnership with the University of Alabama of Birmingham ...

Traditional glaucoma test can miss severity of disease

November 8, 2018
The most common tests for glaucoma can underestimate the severity of the condition by not detecting the presence of central vision loss, according to a new Columbia University study.

New contact lens to treat eye injuries

November 5, 2018
A new therapeutic contact lens that acts as a bandage for eye surface injuries being developed by QUT researchers could soon fast track the healing of previously difficult to treat corneal wounds.

New study offers hope for patients suffering from a rare form of blindness

November 1, 2018
A new form of therapy may halt or even reverse a form of progressive vision loss that, until now, has inevitably led to blindness. This hyper-targeted approach offers hope to individuals living with spinocerebellar ataxia ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.