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Halloween-themed contact lenses can be dangerous

They may enhance your Halloween costume, but contact lenses sold without a prescription may pose serious health risks.

According to a statement issued recently by the Pennsylvania Department Health, contact lenses sold at flea markets, Halloween specialty stores, online and other outlets can cause damage from improper fit if not dispensed from a trained and licensed health care professional.

“Every eye has its own unique shape and curvature and many of these decorative lenses lack proper instruction for use,” state Department of Health Secretary Dr. Eli N. Avila said in the agency warning.

Improperly fitting contact lenses can cause loss of the eye, blindness, impaired vision, corneal damage, infection and allergic reaction the warning stated.

For more information visit www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH