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Beware of Halloween Costume Accessories
There will be plenty of ghosts and goblins out this Halloween, but a new costume accessorycould do more than scare your child.
Creatively colored lenses, also called decorative or costume lenses, may seem like a fun way to enhance a Halloween ensemble. Glow-in-the-dark lizard eyes, cat eyes, and more are available over-the-counter and on the Internet. But before you and your family buy them, know that these lenses can cause serious eye problems.
Lenses May Damage Eyes
Improperly fitted lenses—like supposed “one size fits all” decorative lenses—can scratch the surface of the eye. They can also cause infections that may lead to vision loss. If you want to wear decorative contacts this season, make sure to see an eye doctor for an exam and a prescription. Only buy FDA-approved contact lenses.
“Colored Contact Lens Dangers.” American Academy of Opthalmology. www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/eye-health-news/scary-lenses.cfm.
“Halloween Health and Safety Tips.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/family/halloween.