Beware! Creepy Contacts are Dangerous

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 8:19 AM CDT
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The eyes have it: Ain't much creepier than a pair of supernatural looking contact lenses.

But before heading to the store to pick up a set of colored or patterned lenses for Halloween, take a moment to consider the consequences.

Many of the lenses that are sold at costume shops are not certified by eye care professionals and could lead to injury.

Both the FDA, which regulates contact lenses, and an Illinois regulatory group have issued warnings about the spine-chilling accessories.

"What troubles us is when they are bought and used without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care," says James Saviola, the Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices network leader in FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "This can lead to significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness."

The FDA recommends visiting an ophthalmologist and ordering the lenses from a professional.

The Illinois Financial and Professional Regulation Department has been out and about making sure that plano, or zero powered contact lenses, are not being sold this year. So far they have found no violations but they’re asking consumers to keep an eye out.
 

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