Illegal Halloween costume contact lens can cause infections, injuries

Posted at 4:50 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 06:59:47-04

(NBC) - Wearing decorative contact lenses for Halloween can be a real scream, but there's something you should know before making your purchase.

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Federal law enforcement authorities are warning consumers about non-prescription, costume contact lenses.

Several varieties illegally sold at retail outlets and online can cause eye infections, eye injuries and even loss of eyesight.

By federal law, a prescription is required to buy costume contact lenses, but some vendors continue to sell them over the counter.

Consumers are urged to only buy them from retailers who require a prescription and sell FDA-approved products.

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