FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If you’re tempted to buy Halloween-styled contact lenses without a prescription — don’t do the item, eye experts warn.
Doing so could lead to serious problems in addition to also potentially damage your eyesight, according to the American Optometric Association.
Some decorative lenses are sold illegally at flea markets, beauty salons, convenience stores, national retailers in addition to also over the internet.
Never buy contact lenses by these sources, the association says.
“If you can walk in off the street, or log on to a website in addition to also buy them without verification of your prescription, the lenses are not being sold legally,” said Dr. Glenda Secor, past chair of the association’s contact lens in addition to also cornea section.
“Even though these are non-corrective lenses, they still pose the same potential health in addition to also safety risks as various other contact lenses,” said Secor.
“When purchased over the counter, decorative contact lenses can put people at risk for bacterial infections, allergic reactions, or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss,” Secor said in a news Discharge by the group. “Sadly, numerous cases of serious harm have been documented.”
The U.S. Food in addition to also Drug Administration classifies contact lenses as medical devices. They require a prescription, whether they’re meant to correct your vision or to be worn on special occasions such as Halloween.
A 2015 association survey found which 16 percent of Americans have worn non-vision-correcting decorative contact lenses as part of a costume or for various other non-medical purposes. More than one-quarter of them bought the lenses without a prescription by a source various other than an eye doctor.
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SOURCE: American Optometric Association, news Discharge
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