Those dressing up as vampires, zombies or monsters for Halloween may be thinking of finishing off the look with a pair of decorative or novelty contact lenses. These lenses come in dozens of different styles ranging from glow in the dark to cat eyes. Omaha Ophthalmologist and Professor of Surgery at University of Nebraska Medical Center Dr. John Peters says when it comes to contact lenses there is no one-size-fits-all and these novelty lenses are dangerous.
Dr. Peters says eyes have to be measured so lenses can be properly fit to the eye’s curve and an exam is required to make sure the eye is healthy enough to wear a lens.
Dr. Peters says once the lens is properly fit the wearer needs to be instructed on how to put them in and take them out, adjust to a wearing schedule, learn how to care for them and what solutions and hygiene is needed. Lenses that are not properly fitted can scratch the eye or cause an ulcer. There is also a risk of infection that can cause blindness. Unless contact lenses are bought from an eye care professional they are illegal.