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Halloween Contact Lenses Can Be Horror Story

FDA experts say users risk corneal scratches, even blindness from these products


All of this isn't necessarily expensive: Butler found out that her optometrist could have ordered her two sets of decorative lenses for $50 and charged her $60 for the eye exam.

Do not expect your eye doctor to prescribe "anime," or circle, lenses, however. These bigger-than-normal lenses that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look have not been approved by the FDA.

As with any contact lenses, consumers should follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting and wearing the lenses, and visit their eye doctor for follow-up eye exams. If you develop signs of possible eye infection -- redness, eye pain that doesn't go away after a short time and a decrease in vision, see your doctor immediately, the FDA said.

Butler said she learned the hazards of decorative, fashion lenses the hard way. Her advice this Halloween for anyone considering these products: "Take the time to go to the doctor, pay the extra money and save yourself the agony."


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