TULSA - Decorative contact lenses sold without prescriptions pose a real danger, and they become especially popular during the Halloween season.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) says there's a long list of potential dangers, including "conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reactions and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit. Other problems may include reduced vision, glare, and other general eye and vision impairments."
While often striking and a flashy addition to a costume, vision loss is a high price to pay for a good impression.
The contacts, sometimes called "plano lenses," are readily available online or at some costume shops, flea markets, beauty salons, even convenience stores.
The AOA says the only safe place to acquire them is from a trained and licensed vision care professional.
In Tulsa, at least one costuming professional says he refuses to carry the lenses at his store.
Mike Platten of SpotLite Magic and Costumes, 6808 S. Memorial, tells KRMG "we knew there were companies out there that were doing them, and we had a company that tried to push'em on us here. We said 'nope.'"
Many area optometrists and opthamalogists can either prescribe decorative lenses, or recommend someone who can.