While many kids play it safe on Halloween, it is becoming increasingly popular to don elaborate costumes, including decorative contact lenses – ones that give you a “cat eye” or “white out” for example. The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns parents and teenagers about the dangers of wearing non-prescription decorative contact lenses, which can lead to eye damage or vision loss due to improper fitting.
To keep your child’s eyes safe:
· Kids should receive a complete eye exam yearly by an eye care professional and obtain a valid contact lens prescription, even for cosmetic lenses
· Decorative lenses should never be worn without an eye exam and a prescription
· Contact lenses should never be shared with another person
· Be sure to wash hands thoroughly with mild soup before insertion and never wear them for longer than recommended
· Examine lenses before putting them in your eye – they should be moist, clean, clear and free from any nicks or tears
· Remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes and redness and consult your eye care professional immediately