GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Cool-looking colored contacts may take a Halloween costume to the next level, but some could cause permanent damage to eyes if they're not approved by an optometrist first.
"Anything that you would put in your eyes that is not approved by your eye doctor has the potential to damage your cornea, create oxygen stress," said Dr. Rachel Aughney, an optometrist at Visionworks.
These problems from unregulated contact wear among others, such as infections, could lead to damage as serious as blindness.
Colored or patterned contacts that can be purchased without a prescription are also illegal for what Aughney said is a good reason as even one night of wear can cause serious and potentially irreversible damage.
"I've had two recent cases actually that I can think of where one night out resulted in two weeks of treatment," Dr. Augney said.
Seeking prescription colored contacts from an optometrist can ensure jazzing up a Halloween costume this year doesn't lead to eye problems for life.
"It makes sure that the contact lens fits appropriately," Dr. Aughney said. "That it's made of a material that's safe for your eyes."