Over-the-counter(OTC) decorative contacts that do not require a prescription may seem like a fun addition to your Halloween costume, but they do come with risks. Chemicals used in the coloring may be bad for your eye health and the coloring and pattern of the contacts may cause uneven surfaces which could scratch your eye. Scratches allow bacteria to enter the eye, which may lead to infections and/or blindness. For more information about the risks of decorative contact lenses and how to wear decorative contact lenses safely, refer to VersantHealth’s article on The Dangers of Decorative Contact Lenses.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises against using OTC decorative contacts and advises anyone looking to use decorative contacts to instead opt for prescription contact lenses. With a prescription, contact lenses are fit to your eye, which is the recommended option, even if you have 20/20 vision.
Protect your eye health all year long
Schedule regular eye exams
Even if you have 20/20 vision, it is important to get regular eye exams. Along with finding vision issues, your eyes may be a clue to other health problems such as diabetes and hypertension. Finding vision or other health issues early through regular preventive care generally offers better treatment options and outcomes.
Eat a diet that promotes eye health
Many healthy food offer nutrients that promote eye health. You may have heard Vitamin A is good for your eyes, but there are many other vitamins and minerals that are good for your eyes, such as:
- Vitamins C (citrus fruit, strawberries) and Vitamin E (avocados, almonds)
- Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna)
- Antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin (green, leafy vegetables)
- Zinc (beans, poultry)
For more information about including eye-healthy foods in your diet, refer to the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s article about 36 Foods to Boost Eye Health.
Full-time employees enrolled in Discount Tire’s vision plan can find additional information about eye health, plan information, and search for providers on Superior Vision’s website.