Halloween Coming, FDA cautions against illegal decorative eye lenses

With Halloween approaching, the citizens are leaving no stone unturned to glam them to have look of their favorite celeb.  From toes to face, everything needs to be decked up. If Halloween serves the exhibition of fashion, it is the home for many diseases too. Smelling the health hazards, U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning against the costume that could be unsafe.

The FDA has cautioned against purchase of non-prescription colored contacts online or from novelty Halloween shops as they believe these decorative lenses could cause serious damage to your eyes, or even blindness.

The government agency has strictly asked the people to shop only those contact lenses that are FDA approved and prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.


Decorative contact lenses are not meant for correcting vision but only change the look of your eyes. They can temporarily change your brown eyes to blue or make your eyes look like cat eyes or vampire eyes for Halloween. Decorative contact lenses come with several names. Some of them are:

  • Fashion contact lenses
  • Halloween contact lenses
  • Color contact lenses
  • Cosmetic contact lenses
  • Theatre contact lenses

The health experts say, the contact lenses whether regular or decorative  must not be bought from a street vendor, a beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store but should be purchased from a certified shop after completely prescribes by a daughter.

Know the Riskscontact-lens-fitting

Experts say, wearing decorative contact lenses can be risky. So, before having those pairs of beauty lenses you must understand its risks. If you have any of the below mentioned signs, you need to see a licensed eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist). An eye infection could become serious and cause you to become blind if it is not treated. The risks include:

  • A cut or scratch on the top layer of your eyeball (Corneal Abrasion)
  • Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
  • Decreased vision
  • Infection
  • Blindness
  • Redness
  • Pain in the eye(s) that doesn’t go away after a short period of time
  • Decreased vision

From where to buy

You can buy contact lenses, including decorative contact lenses, from an eye care doctor, on the Internet or from a mail-order company. It’s very important that you only buy contact lenses from a company that sells FDA-cleared or approved contact lenses and requires you to provide a prescription.


Hazel Bender

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  • James Velasquez

    Maybe if the FDA started banning crap from china from being imported into the US we wouldn’t have this problem

    • Ann Onnimus

      lol you actually think that contacts sold by optometrists here aren’t made in China too?

      • James Velasquez

        Everything made in china is trash, cheap or both.

  • camoguard

    The author has something grammatically interesting around “The health experts say, the contact lenses whether regular or decorative must not be bought from a street vendor, a beauty supply store, flea market, novelty store or Halloween store but should be purchased from a certified shop after completely prescribes by a daughter. ”

    You might want to fix that.

  • Ann Onnimus

    Getting “FDA approved” contacts is absolutely no guarantee of the quality of any individual lens. I’ve gotten some dud lenses from my optometrist before that hurt me and gave me corneal abrasion. And I’ve gotten fancy costume lenses from a supplier in Korea that were more comfortable than anything I’ve worn that was from here. Frankly, I’m skeptical of anything the FDA says because all evidence points to corrective lenses in the US being a protectionist racket, probably due to pressure from optometrists feeling the pinch of competition. When you get your prescriptions here for glasses, they won’t give you the PD (pupillary distance), to keep you from ordering your glasses online from overseas where it’s about 1/3 the price! Other countries will give you your full prescription, as they should, and that’s how I got mine. Land of the free and home of free enterprise indeed!

    The only really valuable info imparted in the article is to ensure that the lenses are the right base curve and diameter to fit well. That IS important, and only an optometrist can do that. That info, they will put on your prescription, thankfully, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time before they start making it illegal for you to have your own prescription for that too.

  • Denny Crane

    So, PLEASE, only buy these contacts from the people who’ve paid the FDA for the approval process. Unless someone has paid the FDA, their products could KILL YOU!!!