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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 Cedar Park and make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Yonker 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 Cedar Park at TSO Cedar Park.

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Cedar Park, TX 78613
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Very helpful and professional. I will be going to this location for as long as they have it open.
6 days ago
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- Greg C.
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Dr. Yonker and his staff are excellent! They are very caring and helpful. Always ready to get you what you need in an efficient and enjoyable way. Very glad I found this place!
1 week ago
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- Brian o.
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I always enjoy my visits with Dr. Yonker. He is a great person and great at his job. I’m definitely going to stay a long term client!
2 weeks ago
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- Chad H.
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Dr.Yonker was very nice and patient with me. I am extremely skiddish and hate when anything has to go in my eye, he didn’t seem annoyed or anything with me. He was very thorough during my exam and even gave me a coupon for my prescription! Front desk staff was nice too.
3 weeks ago
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- Hulu A.
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Dr. Jeff was great! Great conversation, answered any questions we had!
4 weeks ago
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- Gray L.
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Great people, fast, friendly service and reasonable prices on a good selection of eyewear.
2 months ago
5
- Bill T.
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Jeffrey Yonker was very thorough and helpful. He also has newer equipment than many of the other places I've been. I'm very pleased with the experience!
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