Hidden Dangers of Halloween Contacts

By: Kristen Guilfoos
By: Kristen Guilfoos

The Halloween countdown is on.... and no doubt many of you are probably putting the finishing touches on your costume.

But if you're hoping to complete your look with colored contacts, we have an important consumer warning for you.

They can change your eye color...
They can even change your eye shape...
And if you're not careful they can change your eye for good, leading to some real-life nightmares.

Wisconsin Optometric Association President Dr. Jeff Sarazen says, "The worst that can happen is you can end up with some permanent vision loss from wearing these contact lenses. There's been some documented cases of blindess."

It happens all too often. People come in with eye infections because they bought the vampire eyes somewhere they shouldn't.

Dr. Sarazen says, "a lot of people are buying them online through internet retailers. Theyr'e buying them online through various websites that are not controlled. People are buying them at gas stations, kiosks in the mall. And that's they way some of these companies are distributing these illegally."

They are against the law in the u-s without a license of prescription. Stores that sell them anyway are risking getting slapped with a fine of up to $10,000 by the FDA.

If you just have to have them, the best place to get them is from your eye doctor, especially because one size does not fit all.

Dr. Sarazen says, "Get a comprehensive eye exam. Make sure you eyes can wear and tolerate contact lenses and make sure you get the right fit."

Even if you get them from a legitimate, legal source, be careful while driving. You should take them out before getting behind the wheel.

"They really inhibit your ability to see well at night. They're very dark, they don't allow the right amount of light in. Your pupils tend to dilate at night a little bit and if you're driving with them in, you might not see the little trick or treaters that are running around."

Bottom line is this: There is definitely more to these contacts than what meets the eye.

No matter how much your kids beg and plead with you to let them sport the "lizard-eye" look this Halloween, Dr. Sarazen said if they're younger than 12, your answer should always be no.

Their eyes are not fully developed and they shouldn't be putting contacts in, colored or otherwise.

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