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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

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Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law -- which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens.

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss.

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare and make an appointment with Dr. Low to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription.

The Dos and Don'ts of Colored Contact Lenses

  • DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.
  • DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.
  • DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)
  • DO follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor.
  • DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.
  • DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween. Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in Duvall at Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare.

Important Notice

At Duvall Advanced Family Eyecare, the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top concern. Based on the recommendations from the CDC to postpone routine eye and dental care, as of 4PM on March 17th, 2020 we will be officially closed to regular office hours.

Dr Low will be checking office voicemail at 425-788-2990 and email correspondence to duvallstaff@duvalleye.com once per day for non emergent issues over the next few days or weeks and return calls as she can. We do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs so please let us know if you need a medication refill or are running low on your contact lens supply and Dr Low will attempt to make arrangements.

Dr Low is highly trained to diagnose and treat urgent eye conditions. If you are having any of the following symptoms, please call our office to leave a message on the general mailbox for a call back within 24 hours or utilize the emergency line prompts for a call back more quickly.

· Loss of Vision
· Flashes of light in your vision
· Increase or change in floaters
· Burning or Stinging
· Discharge or redness
· Eye pain, especially when moving eye
· Unequal Pupil Size
· Double Vision
· Lesions or Sores on the Eyelid or around the Eye
· Increased Light Sensitivity
· Foreign Body Sensation
· Injury or Trauma to the Eye
· Scratch to the Eye
· New or Severe Headaches

Dr Low is available to help you avoid exposure to infected and ill patients in a medical clinic, urgent care, or ER so please let us do what we do best to manage your eye specific needs in our office. Dr Low will continue to provide this service as long as she is healthy and able to do so.

At this time we have no specific date to reopen and we will update our website (https://www.duvalleye.com/ ), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DuvallEye/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/duvalleye/) once a date is determined.

Please stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you once things return to normal.

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Due to CDC recommendations to cease all routine eye care and in accordance to the WA State “stay at home” order our office will be closed indefinitely. If you are having an eye emergency please follow the prompts on our voicemail to leave a message for Dr. Low to call you back.

We will be available for curbside pickups:

Thursday April 2nd 10-11AM

Saturday April 4th 10-11 AM

Monday April 6th 10-11 AM

Wednesday April 8th 10-11 AM

Friday April 10th 10-11 AM