Eye medical doctors are partnering to educate parents and teens about the dangers of buying costume contact lenses without a prescription. Topping off a costume with blood-drenched vampire eyes, glow-in-the-dark lizard lenses or maybe even the newest fad, circle lenses are all cool and trendy options. But most people do not know the sight-stealing consequences behind making these choices. Obtaining decorative lenses including colored contacts and novelty or costume lenses without a prescription is dangerous. And circle lenses, which are becoming increasingly popular with teenage girls, are not FDA-approved. Websites often advertise decorative contacts as if they were cosmetics, fashion accessories or toys. With whimsical, playful packaging and names like Dolly Eyes, their targets are often teens and young adults. Experts warn parents and teens that purchasing any contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription an ophthalmologist can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to blindness.
Article adapted by Proud Parenting from the original press release.