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Halloween Crazy Contact Lenses Safety Tips
Halloween is about having fun but it is also about being safe and protecting yourself against certain risks. According to the FDA, incorrect use of special effects contact lenses is the main cause for eye infections amongst young people. Here are three useful "crazy contact lens" safety tips to make your Halloween a safer holiday.
Also referred to as theatrical contacts, crazy contact lenses can be a lot of fun. Whether you are dressing up as Catwoman or just want to give your friends a good scare by showing up as a zombie, altering the color and shape of the eyes will both surprise and impress.
However, if you are not used to wearing contact lenses on a regular basis, there are some things you need to understand. A contact lens is made out of fragile material, normally silicon, and is placed directly on the cornea of the eye. Its small size and sensitive structure often require daily cleansing and it is the lack of proper hygienic care that is the number one cause for eye infections amongst contact lens wearers.
Moreover, even contact lenses for cosmetic use (as in, not to correct a refractive error like nearsightedness or farsightedness) require a valid prescription from a licensed eye doctor. Do not purchase contact lenses of any kind from shops or websites you do not trust, especially those that do not ask you for your prescription.
Insertion and Removal
Wearing contact lenses, no matter the type, normally requires daily insertion and removal. Regarding crazy contacts, how long they can be left in your eyes depends on the kind of lenses you buy. Consult your local optician for proper alternatives before purchase. Before putting in or taking out the contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap that does not contain some sort of scent. This is to avoid bacteria being transferred from your hands to the lens and ultimately your eye.
For Your Eyes Only
Shared usage is common amongst crazy contact lens wearers. Young people often purchase crazy contacts for fun, not realizing that proper care is required. Sharing their contacts with friends may seem harmless but it significantly increases the risk of bacteria transmitting and eye infections.
Do not reuse
Like any other contact lens, unless specifically made for long-term use, you will eventually need to replace the ones you have with a new pair. Like we mentioned above, it is a good idea is to consult your local eye doctor regarding future use of crazy contacts. He or she will be able to share all the necessary information regarding proper management and usage.
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