Oct 20, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Sure, you can get vampire eyes to go with your Halloween costume. But be careful, or you may get more than you bargained for. “Contact lenses—colored or not—that aren’t fitted properly can damage your eyes, so it’s important to go through a licensed eye care professional,” says Harald Olafsson, OD, an optometrist at University of Utah Health's Moran Eye Center. “The Food and Drug Administration considers contact lenses medical devices, so you need a prescription to buy them,” he says. Yet many novelty shops and Halloween stores sell them without one.

Wearing contacts that haven’t been prescribed to you may cause:

  • Eye infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Scratches on eyes

Here’s how you can protect yourself and safely get the look you want.

Get Your Ghastly Goblin Eyes

To schedule an appointment for a contact lens fitting, contact Olafsson or another eye doctor at the John A. Moran Eye Center. Call 801-581-2352 or request an appointment electronically. 

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