Each month of the year holds special significance to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, that holds a series of monthly eye health observations to highlight risks to our long-term vision and everyday eye health. October is a time for falling leaves and creative costumes, but the academy joins with other eye care professionals to warn revelers of the dangers of accenting costumes with cosmetic contact lenses. These colored and patterned lenses sometimes feature glow-in-the-dark treatments that are not likely to be safe for eyes. Any location selling contact lenses must have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, so the neat-looking lenses you see in the seasonal costume shops that pop up should be left at the counter.
According to Thomas Steinemann, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, “Most people believe that decorative lenses do not require the same level of care or consideration as a standard contact lens because they can be purchased over-the-counter or on the internet.” The doctor warns, “This is far from the truth.” Because these cosmetic lenses aren’t fitted to your eyes by a trained professional, they may attach to your eye in an unnatural way that causes blood vessels to grow into the cornea, or they may cause scratches that can lead to infection and permanent damage to your vision. Additionally, these lenses are manufactured under conditions that are not covered by U.S. consumer law and can be contaminated with substances or bacteria that can cause corneal abrasions, severe infection and blindness. Currently, it is against the law in the United States to sell contact lenses without a prescription. Contact lenses are considered to be medical devices that require specialized care. Even though you may have perfect vision, if you want to wear any type of contact, it is highly recommended that you seek an eye exam and a prescription for contact lenses.
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