U.S. FDA: “Beware of Illegal Contact Lenses”

Halloween Contact Lens

Halloween is once again approaching, which means people are preparing to hold or attend Halloween parties once more. Parties for Halloween are usually costume parties, so it’s safe to say many people are currently planning what kind of scary costume they’re going to don or what kind of scary creature they’ll be imitating this year.

Gone are the days when you can simply cut a couple of holes into a blanket and then throw it over yourself. Today’s Halloween costumes are more creative, more meticulously made, and definitely a lot more real-looking. One thing that makes the Halloween costumes of today more realistic and scarier is a pair of colored contact lenses with designs that go perfectly with your choice of costume or character. Vampire, werewolf, zombie – whatever you choose to portray, there’s sure to be a pair of contacts that perfectly complete the look.

 Vampire Contact Lens

If you plan to don a pair of cheap circle lenses, note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against illegal contacts, which places you at risk of blindness and other vision problems. The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are in the middle of a crackdown on counterfeit or illegally imported contacts that aren’t FDA-approved.

The FDA “Operation Double Vision”, as the crackdown is dubbed, is actually something you should be happy about because it helps protect you from some serious damage that may be caused by unregulated lenses. Considering you may have to deal with the consequences of such damage for a lifetime, it would indeed be smart to beware of them at the outset.

 Contact Lens

Having fun during Halloween doesn’t have to mean putting your vision at risk. Be sure to get a prescription so your eye doctor can tell you the exact measurements of the lenses you should get. Remember, where contact lenses are concerned, there is no one-size-fits-all. You may also want to seek your doctor’s recommendation as regards where you can buy your lenses, so as to avoid counterfeit ones.

The purpose of Halloween contacts may be purely cosmetic, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking precautions before ordering a pair. Even if they are called “decorative”, these contact lenses are still categorized as medical devices. It is therefore illegal to buy them without a prescription. Not only that, it is also very risky to start wearing a pair without proper guidance from an eye care professional.

Contact Lenses