The one costume accessory to avoid this Halloween

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to figure out this year’s costume, and the Halloween stores are stocked with everything you need to make it happen.

But there’s one accessory you may want to avoid: the scary, cute, or cat-eye contact lenses.

Without a proper prescription, the contacts could cause serious damage or even blindness.

“They’re not technically designed to be in the eye. They can put any kind of dye on those to get the different colors. It’s non-regulated,” Dr. Charles Rutan told WTHI.

Rutan said if you don’t go through all the FDA regulations, it’s illegal to sell the lenses.

The process to get the regulations and prescriptions for each customer is a long one. And the risk that comes with it is not worth it for some.

“If there was any kind of infection or anything wrong with the contact or anything it would be on us and we didn’t really want to go into all that detail and have that pressure on us,” Amber Stephenson, who manages a party supply store in Terre Haute, said.

If you think your costume just isn’t complete without the lenses, you should talk to your doctor when ordering them. If not, you could get more of a scare than you hoped for.


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