Eye doctors warn about costume lenses this Halloween - KMSP-TV

Eye doctors warn about costume lenses this Halloween


Hoping to have the eyes of an evil monster, a zombie, or a cat this Halloween? Valley doctors have a warning.

The Southwestern Eye Center says you might want to steer clear of those costume contact lenses, and instead get colored lenses with a prescription.

"Often times what scares me the most is people are using contacts and they don't know how to use them. They're sharing contacts with their friends and they're not necessarily paying attention to how long they should be wearing them," says Dr. Matthew palmer, O.D. Southwestern Eye Center.

Dr. Palmer says costume lenses don't provide as much oxygen to the eyes. They're not as healthy, and they're not as comfortable.

"The biggest thing is if you're sharing contact lenses you can get infections from each other. Not a good idea."

In addition to infections, Palmer says you can also develop ulcers which could lead to a loss of vision -- or even your whole eye.

When they're not used correctly -- Palmer says the lenses can also cause abrasions.

"The best thing is to consult your eye doctor as to if you can wear these lenses and if so, they can help direct you to where it might be good places to be able to use your prescription for those contacts to buy them."

After events like Halloween, zombie walks or Comicon, Palmer says he typically sees people with red and inflamed eyes.

"If you start to feel uncomfortable you need to take it out. No matter how awesome they fit your costume, take 'em out."

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