Colored contact lenses are a concern this Halloween

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Halloween is Monday, and a local eye doctor says people should be careful wearing decorative or costume-colored contact lenses for their appearance.

Dr. Matthew Weed, a local eye doctor, says buying these colored contact lenses and wearing them without a prescription isn’t worth risking your eyes.

Costume-wearing is one of the main parts of celebrating Halloween, and the owner of a local Halloween costume store says many people seek out these contacts.

“We’re starting to get calls several times a day from people asking if we wear contact lenses,” said Craig Walter, owner of Halloween Express.

Weed says the overuse of non-prescription costume contact lenses can turn into Halloween nightmares.

“Contact lenses sold without a prescription have not been adapted to the surface of the patient’s eye, and because of this they can cause painful and sometimes simple eye injuries such as scratches, other times they can be deeper and more penetrating,” Weed said. said.

He said he has seen patients go blind from wearing non-prescription contact lenses.

“I’ve personally seen patients go blind and they have to have an eye surgically removed from their socket,” Weed said.

Weed says it’s illegal to sell contact lenses without having prescriptions for patients.

“If you’re interested in getting colored contact lenses to change your look, I recommend speaking with your licensed professionals, either an ophthalmologist or an optometrist,” Weed said. “They can talk to you about how to do it safely.”

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