We’ve met a lot of people over the years who wear vampire red, wolf yellow, or other contacts at Twilight conventions and events. A TV station in Washington has done a story on how this practice may be risky depending where the contacts were obtained and how long you keep them in.
“But buying cosmetic contacts over the counter without a doctor’s prescription can turn pretty-colored eyes – or an intentionally creepy new costume-look – into a dangerous and painful nightmare. Dr. Aaron Weingeist says they can cause “ulcerations, infections, and perforations of the eye.”
“I’m lucky I’m not blind,” she said. She says her first sign of a problem was sudden agonizing pain. “Burning — intense, very intense. It made me cry, and I’m not a crier.”
Weingeist diagnosed Morris-Hardin with abrasions – tiny cuts – on her corneas. When she bought her contacts over the counter, she says no one warned her of possible injuries.
“Shocked me, I had no idea,” she said.
“It’s really a crapshoot if you buy a lens over the counter,” Weingeist said. “