AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Creating a Halloween costume is
Despite sales restrictions by the Food and Drug Administration, many decorative lenses of unknown origin can be bought online. Around Halloween, they often crop up for sale at beauty parlors or even gas stations.
The Texas Ophthalmological Association (TOA) warns costume shoppers about over-the-counter decorative lenses after a recent study by Eye and Contact Lens found several varieties tested positive for chlorine and other harmful chemicals. The chemicals may come from colorants used to tint the lenses. These chemicals can harm the eyes by causing corneal ulcers or keratitis.
Costume Contact Lens Safety Guidelines To safely wear decorative contact lenses this Halloween or any time of year, the TOA recommends following these guidelines:
The study also noted that colorants printed or pressed onto some decorative lenses create an uneven texture. Those rough surfaces could scratch the eyes, potentially allowing in bacteria that can cause infection and even blindness.
"If you're thinking about wearing decorative contact lenses this year for Halloween, get a prescription from your doctor to avoid risking potential harm to your eyes," said Dr. Victor Gonzalez, MD, president of the Texas Association of Ophthalmology. "We want everyone to get into the Halloween spirit without risking your vision." Contact TOA at (512) 370-1518 or www.TexasEyes.org for more information.
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SOURCE Texas Ophthalmological Association
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