It’s never been easier to get the best Halloween costume, if you’re willing to take some chances that is. Nonprescription contact lenses look cool on Halloween and have already sold insanely, but experts warn they may damage your eyes. So, the question is: what are you willing to do for a great Halloween costume?
The best touch when it comes to Halloween costumes are decorative contact lenses. Changing the look of your eyes will completely change the costume you’re wearing. If you used to look like a human in a vampire outfit, with these lenses you’ll look almost like the real thing (if vampires would be real).
Although nonprescription decorative contact lenses usually sell all year-round, when it comes to Halloween, retailers score big money over lenses that make your eyes look like that of a cat, warlock, goblin, vampire and so on. They are a great treat at Halloween parties and will definitely get you a lot of compliments on your costume choice, but experts warn you might get more than what you bargained for.
The American Optometic Association (AOA) warns that nonprescription decorative contact lenses are illegal and may damage your eyes. “There is no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ contact lens” says Dr. Randall Fuerst, AOA chairperson. “Consumers who purchase lenses illegally, without a prescription or without a consultation from an eye doctor, put themselves at risk for serious bacterial infections, allergic reactions” and even blindness.
In the meanwhile, in Florida, authorities have cited 12 businesses that sold novelty contact lenses without having a license. “An uninformed contact user with ill-fitting contact lenses may develop significant eye injury with lifelong consequences for vision” Florida Health Department officials warned.
Ophthalmologist Wayne Barish with Palm Beach Eye Center told the Palm Beach Post that people usually buy novelty lenses without prescription because they don’t want to waste extra money and time for something they’re only going to use on Halloween.
So if you still want to buy decorative contact lenses for the ultimate creepy look on Halloween, at least go see an eye doctor before. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises against buying novelty contact lenses “from a street vendor, a beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store”.