Local eye doctors say be careful about using spooky, special effects contact lenses this Halloween

You can get special effects contact lenses without prescriptions, but they should still be prescribed by a professional, said Nancy Wetzel, O.D., an optometrist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta.

Wetzel also said that there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ lenses and that lenses should be fitted by doctors as well. If not, Wetzel said that the lenses can cause infections and ulcers on the eye and even lead to loss vision.

“Never share them with anyone else. They’re typically designed as a daily-wear contact lenses, not for overnight wear. So, make sure you’re not sleeping with them. You need to make sure you are using a clean contact lens case and clean solution each time you store them,” said Wetzel.

Wetzel also said to make sure that you are getting any special effects lenses from reputable source rather than a place like a beauty store.