Join Us for Our Next Twitter Party on October 23rd with @geteyesmart

Update: Thank you for tweeting with us during this Halloween chat.

If you’re not sure what a twitter party is, our resource page will explain it all. Contact us if you’d like us to help you set up your own event or join as panelists.

I love Halloween time. Dressing up and pretending that I am someone else, even if it’s just for one night is just about the best fun ever! I can transform into a 50’s sock hop girl, or a cute little kitty cat, or even a she devil with wild green eyes — or not? Decorative contact lenses that change the color or appearance of your eyes are popular costume ideas, especially with teenagers, but the ophthalmologists (eye medical doctors) say these products can lead to real-life nightmares like permanent eye damage and vision loss when they are purchased without a prescription.

Learn more about decorative contact lens safety at


It turns out that all contact lenses — including decorative, cosmetic, and colored contacts — are medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye care professional.  Without a prescription, they can lead to serious damage. Check out this public service announcement about Natalie and her parents, who learned this lesson the hard way:

There’s a lot we may not know about decorative contact lens safety. That’s why we’re teaming up with EyeSmart and the American Academy of Ophthalmology to bring you everything you need to know about decorative contact lens safety before Halloween.  Join 5 Minutes for Mom and EyeSmart, to learn everything you need to know about this Halloween Hazard.

Party Details

Hashtag: #ScaryLenses

Hosts: @5minutesformom, @jennifer_sikora, @geteyesmart, and @susancarraretto

 Date: October 23, 2012

 Time: 7pm-8pm Eastern Time/6pm-7pm Central Time/4pm-5pm Pacific Time

Prizes: We will be giving away 4 Amazon gift cards! Grand prize will be a $50 gift card and we will have 3 runner ups for a $25 Amazon Gift card.

 About EyeSmart:

To protect your vision, you need good eye care, good information and good lifestyle choices. That’s why EyeSmart brings you comprehensive, medically accurate information from the eye care leaders – ophthalmologists – on everything from healthy eye development to low vision resources and eye disease risk factors. EyeSmart is a public service of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world’s largest association of eye medical doctors and surgeons. EyeSmart: because preserving and restoring healthy vision is what ophthalmology is all about.


We are working on a campaign with EyeSmart to bring awareness about colored contacts. All opinions listed are our own.


  1. says

    Melissa – hope your husband was okay! Unfortunately, a lot of retailers don’t realize it’s illegal to sell them without a prescription, so they are still widely available over the counter. But they are only supposed to be sold with a prescription! See you at the party!

  2. says

    Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.

    I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this informative article together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

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