Wearing Decorative Contacts For Halloween? Experts Warn You Could Go Blind

WASHINGTON (CBS) – When planning this year’s Halloween costume, be careful about what you’re putting in your eyes.

Doctors and the FDA are concerned about the health dangers of decorative contact lenses. They say the lenses can cause a variety of injuries including cornea scratches, infection and blindness in the worst cases.

halloween contact lens Wearing Decorative Contacts For Halloween? Experts Warn You Could Go Blind

Photo by Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images

In some states, selling the lenses over the counter is illegal, but they can easily be purchased on the Internet.

The FDA says it’s important to only buy decorative contacts if you have a prescription.

Read The Full Warning From The FDA

“Right now there are a lot of products that you can buy without a prescription but they may not be safe or legal,” the FDA says. “Never buy contact lenses from a street vendor, a beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store.”

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Boston

Opioid Crisis
Download Our App
Download Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE