Eye Safety Reminder

Posted by Harvard Sylvan, OD on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As Halloween is approaching and cosmetic (vanity) contact lenses are often in high demand, it is important to remember that a contact lens is a medical device and requires a prescription. Even though you may consider contacts an accessory or part of your costume, you should not disregard the fact that the health of your eyes may be at risk. Any contact lens that is not FDA approved may not be safe for use. In addition, it is imperative to understand and comply with the proper disinfection routine, the correct insertion and removal technique and the recommended wearing schedule.  Not following proper care and handling guidelines can potentially lead to serious, sight-threatening eye infections.  Another important fact to remember is to not share contact lenses with anyone else.  Occasionally you will see fashion or costume contact lenses advertised online or on TV.  Be cautious of any contact lenses advertised from a non-trusted source. 

The potential dangers and risks of non-prescription contact lenses far outweigh any fashion benefit. Remember – to ensure the safest wearing experience, contacts require a prescription from a licensed eye care professional as well as the necessary wearing instructions and follow up care. Always consult an eye doctor before considering any type of contact lenses.

To find an eye doctor near you, please click here. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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