Looking for Specialty Contact Lenses this Halloween? Beware!
Specialty contact lenses like colored or special effects contacts are popular this time of year. People dress in character and what their eyes to match their look. What a cool idea! Did you know that you must be very careful where you purchase your colored or specialty contact lenses?
Specialty contact lens are sometimes available for purchase at places where you’d never think to buy contact lenses. If you see these special effects lenses or colored contacts at a “too good to be true” price and are tempted to buy lenses anywhere other than from a place that works with a licensed Doctor of Optometry, think again!
There are numerous, documented cases of people who have lost their vision (gone completely blind) because they bought bad contact lenses from someone in the center of a mall or worse! Don’t become part of these statistics.
Contact lenses are extremely safe, yes. But they are a medical device, not a fashion accessory! As with any medical device, use of the device without the proper instruction, prescription and care can be dangerous. You wouldn’t think about putting your grandmother’s hearing aids in your ears to see how they felt, right? You should use the same caution when it comes to un-prescribed contacts.
How do you know if you are buying reputable contact lenses?
Here are a few things to look for:
First: Does the seller require you to have a valid prescription from a licensed Doctor of Optometry? If not, I’d be concerned about their integrity. It’s illegal to sell contact lenses to someone without a valid prescription.
Second: Does the seller advertise the contacts as “cosmetics” or sell them for less than $20 a pair? If so, know you aren’t getting safe, high quality contact lenses. They may even be used! (Gross!)
Third: Does the seller have an optometrist onsite to help check the fit of your lenses? Is there an optician who can help and instruct you with proper lens care? If not, you are likely not buying contacts at a place that is licensed to sell them.
Fourth: Finally, do you have someone to call if the lenses don’t fit right or feel right in your eye? Not everyone adjusts to contact lenses in the same way. If you should have a problem with a bad lens or get an infection, is there a doctor who can help you? If not, then you’ll want to purchase your lenses elsewhere.
Specialty and colored contact lenses can be a lot of fun and give that extra punch to your costume or look, but be safe this season. Only buy contacts from retailers licensed to sell them!