Decorative contact lenses for Halloween could pose eye danger

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 10/25/2013 5:30 pm Published: 10/25/2013 4:06 pm

Novelty contact lenses have become a Halloween accessory and come in every shade of the rainbow or pattern.

FOX23 found websites online that sell the decorative lenses for about $25 dollars.

Not everyone is buying into the eye craze.

The US Immigration and Custom Enforcement issued a report warning people against using decorative contact lenses for Halloween if the product isn’t supplied through a physician’s prescription.

The owners of Ehrle’s told FOX23 that they decided against selling the contact lenses because of the possible health risks.

“We just chose to back away from something that could really be very harmful,” said co-owner Lynn Hannah.

Lynn said that she and her husband made the decision to not offer the lenses after consulting with their optometrist who cautioned her against it.

“He said don’t buy them,” said Hannah, “Every year after Halloween he said that he had tons of people with eye infections because of it.”

Dr. Kathleen Elliott, Pediatric Optometrist in Tulsa, said that the decorative lenses can be fun but customers must be aware of the safety risks involved if they aren’t purchased and fit by a medical professional.

“The thickness of these contact lenses can actually rub the corneal cells to the point where they are infected by ulcers,” said Dr. Elliot, “If it doesn’t have the right oxygen content and it doesn’t fit right you could end up with permanent blindness.

Novelty contact lenses aren’t illegal. Dr. Elliott said that she doesn’t believe that they are bad but they should come in sterile packaging and be fitted by a physician.

The owners of Ehrle’s told FOX23 that they offer plenty of costumers and Halloween decoration but they are standing firm against the lenses.

“People can come and buy all kinds of accessories but the eyes are just something we don’t want to mess with,” said Hannah.

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karlschneider - 10/25/2013 4:59 PM
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This crap is from China. I won't even eat anything from that filthy place, much less stick some of their dirty stuff in my eyes.
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