Ophthalmologists Warn of Five Frightening Risks of Wearing Contact Lenses Without a Prescription
Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume's fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying "“ blindness. Joseph & Swan Eye Center joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses.
While it is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses, they can still be easily purchased at many places such as beauty supply stores, costume shops and on the web. Falsely advertised as "one-size-fits-all" or "no prescription necessary," these lenses can cause serious eye damage. Last year, one girl became partially blind in her left eye, the top layer of her cornea having been ripped off, after a mere four hours of wearing non-prescription contact lenses she bought at a jewelry booth.
Ophthalmologists "“ the physicians and surgeons that specialize in medical and surgical eye care "“ are reminding people of five frightening consequences of ignoring the warnings:
The Academy encourages the public to watch and share its "No Prescription, No Way" public service announcement that shows the serious damage that these non-prescription costume contact lenses can inflict on the eyes.
Visit the Academy's EyeSmartÂ® website to learn more about contact lens safety.
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