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Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

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Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but , they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything but cosmetics – they are medical devices that must be approved by the FDA and properly fit by Dr. Stanfield. Stores selling decorative lenses without requiring a prescription are breaking the law and so are you.

All contact lenses must be properly fitted by Dr. Stanfield that has measured your eye and given you proper handling and care instructions.  A poor fit can result in serious eye damage, infections, vision loss. 

When purchased and handled properly, decorative lenses can be a fun (or spooky) addition to your costume, so go ahead and purchase them, but do so safely. 

Here is the right way to buy decorative lenses:

  • Get a contact lens eye exam and fitting from a Dr. Stanfield and a valid prescription for contact lenses that includes the lens measurements, brand, base curve, diameter, power and color as well as an examination date and an expiration date. When the lens is coming from a legitimate source, the lens supplier ensures it has not expired and that manufacturer takes care of the material and tracking bar codes. 
  • Optimally, Dr. Stanfield will order the lenses or if that is not possible, purchase lenses from a registered store or online shop that requires you to provide this prescription to ensure that it is properly fit.
  • Follow the directions for cleaning, storing and wearing lenses.
  • See Dr. Stanfield immediately if you experience persistent redness, pain or vision disturbances.
  •  Many patients believe that a routine eye exam and eye glasses prescription is the same as a contact lens prescription but this is not the case! Many online companies do not advise people of the difference or do not adhere to the one year prescription expiry. This is a big concern for Dr. Stanfield because eye health changes can detrimentally affect contact lens wear. All contact lenses should be checked yearly by Dr. Stanfield. 

Contact us today to book a contact lens exam.

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