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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

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Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law -- which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens. 

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss. 

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at TSO Custer Creek and make an appointment with Dr. Valenta Carter to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription. 

The Dos and Don'ts of Colored Contact Lenses

  • DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.  
  • DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.
  • DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)
  • DO follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor. 
  • DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.
  • DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween. Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.  

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in Plano at TSO Custer Creek.

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3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 105
Richardson, TX 75080

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3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 105
Richardson, TX 75080
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Our Reviews

Dr. Carter and her staff are excellent! I highly recommend Dr. Carter! Most thorough eye exam I’ve ever had!
3 days ago
5
- Hunter G.
eye doctor's office
This staff is absolutely amazing! They are friendly, pleasant & best of all VERY knowledgeable. I’m one to have a million questions, with a million concerns, this team made me feel very secure. I appreciate how easy they made it!
6 days ago
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- ShaMaris W.
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Dr. Carter and her team are AMAZING. I truly enjoyed the personalized service. Dr. Carter was thorough in her examinations. Her explanations for treatment were explicit and easy to understand. The office is spacious, clean, and well organized. It was easy to try on frames without feeling like I was on top of the other customers. She is also open on Saturday’s. The office staff communicates via phone, text message, and e-mail. I will definitely return for all of my optical needs!
1 week ago
5
- Savannah D.
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This is by far the best eyecare team I've ever experienced. They are so helpful and kind and upfront about prices and insurance. They worked with us to understand our benefits and helped my husband and I both get glasses that were highly affordable. Additionally, I haven't seen well for years with other eye doctors I've had. Doctor Carter was very intent on making me get exactly the right prescription- no one rushed me and they got me exactly the right prescription. Now I have glasses and contacts that I can see through perfectly and my husband now does too. Highly recommend this office!!
2 weeks ago
5
- Mallory M.
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Great customer service! Got my glasses within the promised time frame!
2 weeks ago
5
- Joy E.
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Loved the experience! The staff is extremely friendly and they treat you like family. Always feel welcomed. Highly recommended!
2 weeks ago
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- Sam F.
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After having a very bad experience at another place , I finally went th o see Dr. Moulder. He was awesome. I found him to be very thorough and actually listened. I loved him. He is my new Dr. Dont waste your money on those cut rate eye exams . For a few extra dollars, get it done right the first time with Dr. Moulder.
2 weeks ago
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- Lindsay T.
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