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October 2, 2017

Halloween Contact Lens Awareness

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s important to talk about the dangers of decorative contact lenses. Stores and websites across the world sell cheap colored contact lenses that promise to transform your look just by popping them in. Unfortunately, these contact lenses are downright dangerous for your eyes.

The Dangers of Decorative Contact Lenses

While they might seem harmless, decorative contact lenses can seriously damage your eyes. There’s no way to regulate the materials used in cheap Halloween contact lenses, so you could be putting unsafe or irritating substances right on your corneas. Although these lenses are marketed as cosmetic, they are illegal in Canada.

Using these lenses can put you at further risk for eye irritations, discomfort or even eye infections that can cause vision loss. While wearing contact lenses for Halloween might seem fun, one has to question if it is worth the risk to your eye health?

What to Do Instead

If you have your heart set on wearing decorative contact lens eyewear this Halloween, be sure you get a pair your Optometrist. We now have manufacturers in Canada who are making safer Halloween costume contact lenses that we are able to verify the fit and vision in office and review how to wear and clean them. Having lenses that fit will drastically reduce the risk of eye injury or damage.

When it comes to decorative contact lenses and your vision, it’s better to play it safe. As tempting as it may be to order a cheap pair of lenses from the Internet, these are unsafe and against Health Canada regulations. Stop by today to review your contact lens options with us.

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