Your teen may want to change the color or appearance of her eyes to coordinate with her Halloween costume. Enter costume contact lenses (also known as fashion, decorative or colored contacts), which allow her to transform the hue of her eyes without affecting her vision. Sounds amazing, right? It is, but it’s important to know decorative lenses are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and can damage your teen’s eyes if they’re used incorrectly. An optometrist or ophthalmologist should measure each eye to ensure the lenses fit. (They’re not one-size-fits-all.) Keep in mind costume contact lenses that don’t fit can cause serious harm, like pink eye, decreased vision, scratched corneas and in some cases, even permanent blindness.

Once she’s fitted, she’ll get a prescription, which should be filled by a reputable eye care professional. Never buy colored lenses at novelty or Halloween stores, boutiques, salons, beauty supply stores or any place that doesn’t require a prescription.

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