Halloween is just a few days away. Here are some tips about costume contacts and how they can harm your eyes.
Four ways costume contacts can ruin your vision.
1. Scratches- the size of the contact lens is not fitted to your individual eye therefore it can scratch the outside of the eye.
2. Sores-costume contacts can cause corneal ulcers.
3. Both of the above can cause openings into the eye leading to infections.
4. Blindness- In extreme cases, problems from wearing costume contact lenses may lead to blindness or require surgery. For example, scarring from an infection can distort the cornea, requiring a corneal transplant to restore vision.
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