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Beware this Halloween! Canada’s vision health professionals warn that cosmetic contact lenses can lead to irreversible vision loss

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

OTTAWA (October 18, 2016) - Canada’s vision health professionals, which include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians, remind Canadians to be mindful of potential risks to their eyes at this time of year when wearing cosmetic contact lenses as part of a Halloween costume. The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) and the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) recommend that Canadians do not use non-corrective cosmetic contact lenses due to the serious and sometimes irreversible vision loss they can cause...Read full press release HERE.

Halloween Cosmetic Contacts – See Your Optometrist First!

While zombie eyes or cat eye pupils might seem like a cool trick to enhance this year’s Halloween costume, it is no treat when serious eye damage occurs. The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) warns that vision loss, sometimes permanent, can result from improper use of cosmetic contact lenses. While costume contact lenses do not correct vision there is no difference between cosmetic and corrective (prescription) contact lenses in the way they are inserted and interact with the eye and…