By Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay Information) — When you’re tempted to purchase Halloween-styled contact lenses with no prescription — do not do it, eye consultants warn.
Doing so might result in critical issues and probably harm your eyesight, in line with the American Optometric Affiliation.
Some ornamental lenses are bought illegally at flea markets, magnificence salons, comfort shops, nationwide retailers and over the web.
By no means purchase contact lenses from these sources, the affiliation says.
“When you can stroll in off the road, or go surfing to an internet site and purchase them with out verification of your prescription, the lenses will not be being bought legally,” stated Dr. Glenda Secor, previous chair of the affiliation’s contact lens and cornea part.
“Regardless that these are non-corrective lenses, they nonetheless pose the identical potential well being and security dangers as different contact lenses,” stated Secor.
“When bought over-the-counter, ornamental contact lenses can put folks in danger for bacterial infections, allergic reactions, and even vital harm to the attention’s capacity to operate, with the potential for irreversible sight loss,” Secor stated in a information launch from the group. “Sadly, quite a few circumstances of great hurt have been documented.”
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration classifies contact lenses as medical gadgets. They require a prescription, whether or not they’re meant to appropriate your imaginative and prescient or to be worn on particular events comparable to Halloween.
A 2015 affiliation survey discovered that 16 p.c of People have worn non-vision-correcting ornamental contact lenses as a part of a fancy dress or for different non-medical functions. A couple of-quarter of them purchased the lenses with no prescription from a supply apart from a watch physician.