*As the biggest Michael Jackson fan in the world, I always wanted to recreate that Thriller video…when I’m sober, for once. The best annual excuse is Halloween, but for me, the iconic jacket (yes, I have one…don’t judge) and jheri curl (now THAT will require a wig!) will have to do. Those contacts could do some serious damage, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Although selling cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription is actually illegal, they can still be found in stores and online. They are dangerous because they can scratch the cornea, which covers the iris and pupil, as well as cause ulcers on the eye, which can then lead to infection (keratitis).
The AAO warns that if THAT happens, corneal transplants and other eye surgeries might be necessary to prevent blindness.
Blindness. So you’d go from pretending to be Michael Jackson to being Stevie Wonder. For life.
“What happens to people’s eyes after just one evening of wearing non-prescription costume contact lenses is tragic,” said Thomas Steinemann, M.D., an AAO spokesperson and professor of ophthalmology at MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University. “It all could have been avoided if these patients just took a little extra time to obtain a prescription and only wore FDA-approved lenses. I understand how tempting it is to dress up your eyes on Halloween without a prescription and using over-the-counter lenses, but people should not let one night of fun ruin their vision for a lifetime.”
I heard you loud and clear, Doc…because my ears are perfectly healthy…and I intend to keep my eyes that way, too!