Maybe you want to make your brown eyes blue … just for a few days. Or maybe you’re looking to enhance your Halloween costume with yellow cat eyes.
Decorative contact lenses offer a variety of ways to reinvent your look — and they may appear harmless on the shelf at the local drugstore. According to the FDA, it’s illegal to buy any contacts from a store or online without a valid prescription. Poor-fitting contact lenses can put you at risk for serious eye infections, scratches, corneal ulcers and even blindness.
Here are a few things to remember:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contacts.
- Bacteria can quickly lead to an eye infection. Make sure that your contacts are cleaned, disinfected, and stored properly as directed by a doctor.
- Unless you have extended wear lenses, falling asleep with contacts on could cause severe dryness.
- Never share lenses. Not only do you risk eye infection, prescriptions aren’t one-size-fits-all and the lenses may not fit you properly.
If your eyes show symptoms of irritation or infection such as swelling, itchy-redness, pain, excess tearing or discharge, remove lenses immediately and do not put them back into your eyes. Contacting your eye care professional right away is crucial to a healthy recovery and preventing irreversible damage.
If you’re thinking about wearing contacts, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor near you.
This is a guest post by VSP employee, Laurel G.