Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses.
While it is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses, they can still be easily purchased at many places such as beauty supply stores, costume shops and on the web. Falsely advertised as “one-size-fits-all” or “no prescription necessary,” these lenses can cause serious eye damage
Ophthalmologists – the physicians and surgeons that specialize in medical and surgical eye care – are reminding people of five frightening consequences of ignoring the warnings:
Join Doheny Eye Center UCLA ophthalmologist Benjamin Bert, MD on Thursday, October 20, 11:30 am PDT as he discusses the risks of using improperly fit contact lenses as well as how to care for normal contact lenses to prevent them from causing eye problems. Click here to register for the webinar.
For more information about eye conditions or to find an ophthalmologist near you, visit uclahealth.org/eye.
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