While you may want to look exactly like your favorite movie character or singer or have the perfect costume for Halloween, choosing to change the appearance of your eyes with contact lenses can be dangerous.
Because these lenses don’t correct vision—they just change the color or shape or appearance of your eye – people may think they are harmless.
But without proper testing and fitting, they can cause damage to your eyes, perhaps even permanent vision loss.
Decorative contact lenses are sometimes called, among other names:
When buying decorative lenses, here’s what you should know:
Once you have a contact lens prescription from a licensed eye doctor, you can buy decorative contact lenses from your eye doctor, on the Internet or from a mail-order company. But still be cautious! It’s very important that you only buy contact lenses from a company that sells FDA-cleared or FDA-approved contact lenses and that requires you to provide a prescription. Anyone selling you contact lenses must get your prescription and verify it with your doctor. They should therefore request not only the prescription but the name of your doctor and your doctor’s phone number; if they don’t, find another place to buy your lenses! Right now, there are a lot of products that you can buy without a prescription that may not be safe or legal.
After you’ve purchased your decorative contact lenses from a safe and reputable place, follow the directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses carefully. It’s also a good idea to visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams, but do see your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye infection, such as redness, eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time, or a decrease in vision.
At Harvard Vanguard, we have 5 practice sites that provide Contact Lens Services – these are:
We also have a number of Optical Shops where you can place an order for your decorative lenses.
Please call us today for an appointment, but whatever you do, please be safe and smart about what you put into your eyes, this Halloween and always.