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. Yikes!!
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.
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.
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.