Beware of Cosmetic Contact Lenses. Costume lenses can be a scary risk.

Beware of cosmetic contact lensesAs people across America and other countries begin shopping for a Halloween costume and want to make use of special contact lenses bought without a prescription, eye doctors warn that doing so can lead to permanent vision loss according to QCTimes.com.

Although the practice has been illegal since 2005, cosmetic contact lenses still are sold in some shops and online to customers who are unaware that wearing the devices can result in serious eye injury.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that the lenses, which may not be manufactured according to federal health and safety standards, can cause injuries such as cuts and open sores in the eyes. One study found that wearing cosmetic contact lenses increased the risk of disease more than 16 times.

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