Spooky costume contact lenses

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The fall's spookiest festivities are just around the corner and if you're looking to up the ante with your halloween costume, pay special attention to this Healthcast!  We have the low-down on costume contact lenses that might be the final touch in separating you from the mere mortals.

If your halloween costume this year is needing a little something extra to push you into the "inhuman" category, costume contact lenses can give that theatrical punch.

For a one-on-one lesson in costume lenses, Allison Goodwin with The Eye Clinic in Lake Charles walked me through the process of going from green to ghoulish.  What a difference this little lens can make in just a few seconds!

Not being a contact lens wearer myself, improperly using these costume lenses could have serious consequences on my eyes - as optometrist Chad East explains.  "The potential risks range from infections to more serious problems," says Dr. East, "like corneal abrasions or corneal lacerations - which need immediate medical attention."

Dr. East says even if you do not need corrective contact lenses, a prescription from your eye doctor is still a must to legally get your hands on costume lenses.  "The major concern with these lenses is that there are a lot of places around town - hair shops, beauty supply places - that sell these lenses and it's actually illegal to purchase these lenses without a prescription," says Dr. East.

All contact lenses increase your risk of eye infections because they prevent normal amounts of oxygen from reaching the eye. With costume lenses, Dr. East says the most common infections are a result of people sleeping in them.  "Overnight wear seems to be what gets most people into a lot of trouble," he says, "these are not intended to be slept in."

So, take the lenses out before your head hits the pillow this halloween or a spooky infection could be on the horizon!

*A pair of costume lenses typically costs between $40-50.  If you want to check out the Contact Lens Department at The Eye Clinic, call 1-800-826-5223.

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