Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Contact Lenses Require Caution

Eyecare Medical Group wishes to advise patient to use caution when considering non prescription decorative contact lenses for cosmetic use as part of their Halloween costumes. Patients need to remember that the Food and Drug Administration,  considers all contact lenses regulated medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye care professional. Even someone with perfect vision would still require an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic decorative non prescription contact lenses. Some websites advertise decorative contacts as if they were fashion accessories or toys with fanciful, playful packaging in order to attract teens and young adults, especially girls. The problem is not that people use decorative but that they buy the devices without a prescription through unlicensed vendors on the Internet or at flea markets and specialty shops. This exposes them to a significant risk of eye problems including scratched corneas or corneal abrasion, “pink eye” conjunctivitis and even corneal infections such as keratitis that can lead to corneal ulcers and vision loss. The safe and effective use of contact lenses-whether cosmetic decorative or not-requires proper fitting and education about their care to prevent the potential for serious eye  problems from becoming a reality.

If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type including cosmetic decorative non prescription contacts please call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.