Say NO to Decorative Contact Lenses This Halloween

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I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.

When it comes to Halloween I am definitely one that likes to complete costumes with accessories down to the finest details.  But I draw the line when it comes to compromising my health.  Unfortunately every Halloween many people unknowingly risk the health of their eyes by adding decorative contact lenses without a prescription to their costume.  In fact 17 percent of Americans have worn decorative contact lenses that do not provide vision correction as part of a costume or other cosmetic purposes.  And of those individuals 24% purchased them without a prescription from a source other than an eye doctor.

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Photo credit given to Rinkov Eyecare Center.

It is important to understand that a contact lens is a medical device.  In the United States all contact lenses, including purely cosmetic lenses, require a prescription from an eye care professional.  This is why I am proud to have partnered with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. to remind my readers and their children how important it is to practice safe contact lens wear and care by not only obtaining their contact lenses from a licensed eye care professional, but by also practicing good hygiene habits.
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The following Do’s & Don’ts will help keep your eyes healthy and happy:

DO wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.

DO put in your contacts before you put on your makeup or any costume paint.

DO remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or other problems and promptly contact your eye care professional.

DO always remove, clean, and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor.

DON’T wear another person’s lenses.

DON’T wear lenses longer than the time frame recommended by your eye doctor.

DON’T rinse your lenses in water from the tap or expose them to any water such as swimming or showering while wearing them.

DON’T use anything aside from the recommended solution by your eye doctor, such as saliva to lubricate your lenses.

For even more tips and information from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. be sure to check out the Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses” resource.  You can also keep track of your individual contact lens replacement schedule with the ACUMINDER® Tool, a free service that sends an automatic reminder via email and/or cell phone text message on when to replace contact lenses, when to order new lenses and when to schedule an eye exam. Registration is free and open to all contact lens wearers

I have extremely sensitive eyes so I always make sure to follow my eye doctor’s contact lens recommendations exactly.  My contact lenses are actually daily lenses so they only get worn for one day and then tossed out and even then I occasionally have to take them out before an entire day is over because I begin to feel discomfort.  I can only imagine the damage that could be caused to my eyes if I purchased decorative lenses.  So please remember don’t do anything to jeopardize the health of your eyes – especially using decorative contact lenses.  No matter what color eyes you were born with that they are the only set you will ever have and they are beautiful.

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.

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3 Responses to Say NO to Decorative Contact Lenses This Halloween

  1. Amanda Love says:

    I don’t wear contacts at all so won’t be wearing them. I hope more people read this, especially those who do it just for “fun”.

  2. Kathy says:

    I won’t even put any type of contact lenses in my eyes. I do think they look awesome, but nothing touches my eyes. I sure hope more people will read about this. I’m going to share this too!

  3. Kristal says:

    Oh my goodness that is horrible! I’ve never tried contacts a day in my life and this definitely makes me scared to ever try them at all.

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