You’re probably making grand plans for your Halloween costume right about now. After all, October brings all kinds of inspiration for dressing up. But if you have a history of eye problems or just want to keep your vision strong, you should avoid making colored contact lenses part of your ensemble. They may be great for giving you Marilyn Monroe’s stunning blue eyes or the look of some kind of crazy demon, but wearing non-prescription contact lenses can have terrible consequences for your vision. Read on to learn more.

It’s the Law

Even though you may find them to be widely available, non-prescription contact lenses cannot be sold legally in the United States. Contact lenses are classified as medical devices and are therefore subject to FDA approval. In order to stay in good legal standing, it’s best to ditch the fake contacts and find a different way to make your costume stand out. If you’re dead-set on using colored lenses in your costume, it is possible to get prescription versions from some optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Care for your Corneas

One of the issues with non-prescription contact lenses is that they may not fit your eye properly. Ill-fitting lenses can cause painful and destructive corneal scratches or abrasions. The cornea is a dome-shaped structure in your eye that covers the iris and pupil. It is the first place in which light touches your eye, so a clear, smooth cornea is essential for quality vision.

Corneal abrasions are marked by pain, redness, inflammation, and/or tears in your eye. It may also lead to infection, which could require prescription eye drops or topical ointments for proper healing. If you’re smart about your contact lenses and avoid corneal abrasions, your eyes will thank you.

Cleanliness is the Key

A big reason why non-prescription contact lenses are so troublesome is that it can be hard to verify what they’re made of and whether or not they were manufactured in a hygienic way. People also tend to think of colored contact lenses as fun toys they can play around with and pass from person to person.

You probably see where this is going — it’s a horrible idea to put something in your eye if it’s already been in somebody else’s. This can lead to all kinds of infections and eye conditions — conjunctivitis (or pink eye) chief among them. You may be looking to add some new color to your eyes for Halloween, but pink eye(s) should be avoided at all costs!

Be Smart

When it comes to Halloween costumes, there are plenty of other ways to achieve the effect you’re looking for without resorting to colored contact lenses. Masks and sunglasses are two ways you can give your eyes a new look without having to risk your visual health and put non-prescription lenses in your eyes. Halloween costumes are a blast and can create many fond memories, but no costume is worth risking your eyesight. Dress up responsibly so you can experience Halloween with crystal-clear vision for many years to come!

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