But before you use it, you must remember that it can give that Halloween costume just the creepy edge you were looking for this year. The American Optometric Association this month issued a consumer warning about the dangers of buying decorative eyewear without consulting an eye doctor.
In 2005, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act was changed to classify all contact lenses, including decorative ones, as medical devices regulated under the Food and Drug Administration.But the lenses still are illegally marketed and sold through sources such as flea markets, Web sites and convenience stores, according to the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Mandy Mataya, an optometrist at Vision Park Family Eye Care in Urbandale and West Des Moines said,
"The risks of wearing a contact lens that does not fit your eye properly is that it can limit the amount of oxygen … or it cannot completely cover that delicate corneal tissue, or it may fit your eye too tight - all of which can result in permanent scarring of the eye, or permanent loss of vision."
But the lenses still are illegally marketed and sold through sources such as flea markets, Web sites and convenience stores, according to the American Optometric Association.Mataya added,
"My recommendation for all contact wearers, if you're wanting to change the color of your eye or something as wild as wearing a costume contact, it to just make sure you do it in a safe manner."
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