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Your eyeballs aren’t your butt. Normally, you don’t sit on your eyeballs or slap your eyeballs while asking, “want some of this?”
Similarly, wearing Halloween costume contact lenses isn’t the same as wearing a pair of Halloween costume pants. While wearing the wrong pants can make it harder to twerk or could crack open some issues, so to speak, it shouldn’t affect your eyesight. Meanwhile, wearing the wrong contact lenses can put your oh-so-valuable eyeballs at risk. It can result in allergic reactions, infection, damage to your eyeball, vision problems, and even blindness. And few people will say, “it was a great Halloween. Oh, except for the whole blindness thing that happened.” Moreover, when your eyeball gets damaged, you can’t simply ask a talking racoon to give you a spare replacement, as Rocket did to Thor in the movie Avengers: Rocket Gives Thor An Eyeball.
That’s why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a special web page for “Decorative Contact Lenses for Halloween and More” and not a similar one for pants. The guidance is for any contact lenses designed to change the look of your eyes such as when you want to look more like a cat, a vampire, or your favorite January 6 insurrectionist. Such contact lenses may go by many different names including Halloween, fashion, colored, cosmetic, or theater contact lenses. Such lenses aren’t necessarily specific to Halloween, although showing up to your job interview or first date with demon eyes is probably not a great idea.
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These types of lenses may be purely decorative or cosmetic and not correct your vision in any way. Regardless, you should still treat such lenses as you would corrective contact lenses. Just because something seems completely for fashion doesn’t mean that it won’t have medical implications. On their web page, the FDA offers the following six “do’s and don’ts” for such decorative contact lenses:
- “Do get an eye exam!” While you may not necessarily get a butt exam before buying a pair of pants, contact lenses again are not the same. Any misalignment between the lens and the front of your eyeball can end up damaging your cornea and potentially beyond. For example, a pocket of air between your butt and your pants can simply be a fart. However, a pocket of air between your contact lens and the front of your eyeball can be damaging. It can turn your lens into a plunger with your eyeball being like a toilet, causing some suction action to occur. And suctioning force on your eyeball is not good. That’s one of the reasons why someone kissing your eyeball is not romantic. Before even considering any type of contact lenses, see a properly qualified, credentialed, and experienced medical professional like an ophthalmologist or optometrist. They may even advise against wearing contact lenses if you have allergies or any other condition that may cause problems.
- “Do get a prescription!” If you want to wear contact lenses, any type of contact lenses, get a real prescription. Such a prescription should say more than, “contact lenses for eyes” or “contact lenses, make it so” or “make this person look like Mystique.” It should have detailed instructions such as the specific types of lenses including perhaps the brand name, the lens measurements, and the expiration date. Since your eyes may change over time, the prescription needs to be up-to-date. Using an out-of-date prescription can be like showing up wearing furry boots, only worse.
- “Do follow the contact lens care instructions!” This is not the time to “think outside the box.” The instructions for wearing, cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses are there for a reason.
- “Do seek medical attention right away and remove your contact lenses if your eyes are red, have ongoing pain or discharge!” No one should say, “you have wonderful eyes, all red with discharge.” Any eye symptoms should prompt further investigation. You can’t just “walk off” or “blink off” an eye infection. Signs of an infection include changes in your vision, redness, swelling, pain, discharge, pus, or your eyeball falling out of your head.
- “Don’t share your contact lenses with anyone else!” Bruh. Why would you share a pair of contact lenses with someone else? That’s like saying, “dude, are you finished with that condom” or “hey, can I have a taste of your toothbrush?”
- “Don’t buy any contact lenses without a prescription!” The FDA warns that you should “never buy contact lenses from a street vendor, beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store.” In general, the words “flea” and “your eyeball” should be as far apart as possible. Only buy contact lenses from a legitimate supplier that follows FDA regulations. Check the list of FDA-cleared or approved contact lenses before buying any. Saving money should not be your only objective. Plus, just because the prescription is correct, doesn’t mean the store or supplier will properly follow the prescription. Just think how many times you’ve ordered some underwear and gotten crowns of broccoli instead. Double-check to make sure the lenses match the prescription.
Just because you do something for fashion, doesn’t mean that there aren’t potential medical issues. … [+]
Of course, consider the alternative: not wearing decorative contact lenses. Sure decorative contact lenses may make you look interesting or even cool. In the end, though, is it really worth the potential and risk just to look better on Instagram or at that costume party? Remember looks and appearance are only skin deep and shouldn’t be eyeball deep.
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