(WXYZ) - If matching contact lenses is part of your Halloween costume plans, the Michigan Optometric Association is offering a word of caution.
Some people love to wear tinted or decorative contact lenses - putting the finishing touch to their costume. But the MOA is saying that unless you have a prescription, buying contact lenses could create a serious health issue and may even damage your vision.
Optometrist Dr. Paul Hodge warns, "Don't buy contacts from any store or website that doesn't require an eye doctor's prescription."
These contact lenses can often be found at convenience stores, flea markets, on websites or even in beauty salons.
The MOA says it's a good idea to have an optometrist check your eyes to make sure you can wear the lenses without damaging your eyes and to see that they fit correctly.
Words of advice from Dr. Hodge:, "In other words, if you can walk in off the street, or log-on to a website and buy them without verification of your prescription, the lenses are not being sold legally."
If you wear contact lenses, here are some recommendations:
- Only wear contact lenses prescribed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
- Make sure the contact lenses are properly cleaned by a professional.
- Don't but a contact lenses from a costume shop, website, or beauty salon, or anywhere not legally authorized.
- Don't ever trade your contact lenses with someone else.
- Don't sleep with your contact lenses, unless they are specially designed extended wear lenses.
- Always wash your hands when you are handling your contact lenses.
For more information about contact lenses and their proper use, go to: www.themoa.org;
or: http:// www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/contact-lenses .