Edgardo Espaillat of Wilkes-Barre was out shopping for Halloween costumes for his family at Party City in Wilkes-Barre Township. He recalls wearing decorative glow-in-the-dark contacts one year. "We wore them around looking like zombies and eyes glowing in the dark." He took his family's advice and saw an eye doctor for a proper prescription. "They didn't want me going blind, you know, because the wrong thing in your eye could get you blind," said Mr. Espaillat.
Not only are costume store decorative contact lenses dangerous but they're also illegal. "The contact lenses that you purchase at a flea market, gas station, they were being sold at the Bloomsburg Fair this year are medically regulated devices by the Food and Drug Administration," said Dr. Urbanski. If you plan on wearing decorative contact lenses always deal with a professional and do not run the risk of ruining your vision. "The worst part is it could be avoided if you just have the lenses fit properly and didn't do all of these things that we're talking about," said Dr. Urbanski.