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October is Halloween Safety Month

Keep your eyes safe from costume contacts

Ophthalmologists advise to stay away from over-the-counter non-prescription colored contacts, which can damage eyes and your vision. A recent study has shown that chemicals such as chlorine were found in three types of non-prescription costume contact lenses.

Researchers stated that the chemicals may have come from the coloring used to tint and create patterns on the contact lenses. Their study also found that these imprints of colors on the lenses contained uneven surfaces which they noted could scratch the eyes, in turn allowing bacteria into the eye causing infection and in some cases even blindness.

Costume contacts safety guidelines
In order to safely wear decorative contacts during Halloween or when dressing up throughout the year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends following these guidelines.

  • Buy approved products
  • Use a current prescription
  • Pay attention to eye infections

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