BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Halloween is just a week away and people are busily picking out their costumes. It turns out a popular accessory could actually harm your health. The Halloween contact lenses that make you look like a wolf, cat, or another animal, are becoming popular. Every year more and more people are wearing them, but one eye doctor says if they are not used properly, your eyes could suffer permanently.
“Like red eye infections tissue breakdown like a corneal ulcer which can result in decreased vision permanently,” said Dr. Alex Crinzi, Optometrist at Eye Care Professionals of WNY.
Losing your vision because the contacts weren't fitted or disinfected properly, that's not the kind of scare anyone wants around Halloween.
Crinzi said, “Unfortunately there are vendors out there who don't follow the FDA requirements.”
The FDA says it's illegal to buy lenses without a valid prescription from street vendors, beauty supply stores, Halloween stores, convenience stores and the internet unless the site requires a prescription.
Crinzi said, “People run a significant risk when they buy them from those places without professional care.”
Just because someone doesn't need a prescription, doesn't mean you can buy them anywhere you want.
“Everybody's eye is different the curvature is different and those contacts need to be fit rather then dispensed out of a store or back room,” said Crinzi.
The safest legal thing to do is go to a professional eye doctor.
Crinzi said, “So that you can not only look a little weird but see where you're going.”
Contacts can cost anywhere from $20 up to $60 .
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