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As Halloween approaches many of you are no doubt putting the final touches to your Halloween costumes. Some people spend many months conceptualizing their scary look, scouring novelty and thrift stores for unique accessories and even building their costumes from scratch. In your quest to out-do previous years’ Halloween endeavors, perhaps you’ve even considered novelty contact lenses to fully complete your perfect spine-tingling look…
A quick Google search instantly brings up many, many sites offering mail order contact lenses – some of these sites are dedicated just to novelty lenses while others are more widely known companies that deal more in prescription lenses than party favors.
There are a staggering number of novelty lenses available with names inspired by movies (“Palpatine”, “Hellraiser”, “Avatar” and “Orc”) as well as other trends (“Rave Blue”, “Smiley”, “Spiderweb” and “Lycan”). With prices ranging from $45 to $100 they make for a relatively cheap addition and they are rapidly becoming the hottest new item on the market.
But before you jam these lenses into your eyeballs, you might want to read this article from EyeSmart. Many of these novelty contact lenses are not FDA approved, are being sold illegally and can cause permanent eye damage. Even more worrying, a growing number of teens, especially teenaged girls, are treating the lenses as though they were year-round fashion accessories.
As much fun as it is changing your look dramatically, even if it is just for a few hours of good old fashioned Trick ‘r Treat craziness, please play safe. Some scares just aren’t worth it.