Know the dangers of decorative contact lenses for Halloween
As the weather starts to drop, scary costumes and spooky decorations become a common sight around Halloween. According to CNN, more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. Dollars spent on decorations, candy, costumes and more will reach $8.4 billion in 2016.
The costume contact lens trend
A more popular costume trend in recent years has been decorative contacts. Don't drop your candy out of your hand when you see devil or zombie contact lenses at your doorstep during Trick-or-Treat. Decorative contacts have become so popular that there are websites dedicated to Halloween-style lenses, such as SpookyEyes.com.
While this might seem like fun and games for a teenager, there are serious ramifications that can come from wearing decorative contact lenses.
Consumer warnings issued against dangerous lenses
According to the Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security, federal law enforcement authorities are issuing consumer warnings against dangerous counterfeit contact lenses and unapproved decorative contact lenses illegally sold at retail outlets and online stores that can cause eye infections, conjunctivitis, and impaired vision.
Length of contact lens wear is a factor
According to the FDA, studies conducted for optometrists have revealed that 11 percent of consumers have worn decorative contact lenses, but a majority of those individuals purchased them without a prescription, and 59 percent of people using disposable contact lenses wear them for longer than recommended.
If you or your kids are interested in decorative contact lenses, it would be wise to consider the potential risk and damage that could occur to your eyes, which would be a scary sight for all to see.