This Halloween, Discuss Potential Dangers of Costume Contacts

Costume contact lenses are gaining popularity, but there are concerns with these products.

Officials with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine are warning health care providers to discuss the dangers associated with cosmetic contact lenses this Halloween.

These lenses, which make eyes seem to be a different color or add another visual effect are growing in popularity for Halloween costumes, but Russ Van Gelder, MD, PhD, chair of ophthalmology and director of the UW Medicine Eye Institute, notes in a video released this week that if the lenses don't fit exactly right, they can scratch and harm eyes. Those injuries could cause a bacterial infection, like corneal ulcers, which can require surgery, or even vision loss.

Learn more by watching the video below.

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