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When getting your costume together for Halloween, you know what takes your look to the next level, don’t you? Your eyes. Because it doesn’t matter how cool your costume is, you can’t go halfway when paying tribute to your favorite character—it’s all or nothing.
It’s also all or nothing when choosing costume contact lenses. Buyer beware—if you put cheap, nonprescription contacts in your eyes, you may damage your sight or lose it completely.
The bottom line is, just like their corrective counterparts, costume contacts (also known as fashion, Halloween, color, or theatre contacts) require a prescription. It’s the law.
Just because costume contacts are an accessory doesn’t mean you should buy them at a gas station, flea market, street vendor, beauty supply store, novelty or costume shop, or other business. Businesses that sell costume contact lenses to you without a prescription are operating illegally. Even though these contacts are not used for vision correction, they still need to fit your eye correctly. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), any kind of contact lens that does not fit your eyes correctly can cause:
The FDA also advises that when wearing any type of contact lenses, pay attention to signs of possible eye infection, including:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to see a licensed eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) immediately. Eye infections could become serious and cause you to become blind if not treated.
Buy your contacts—including the decorative ones—from an optometrist, an ophthalmologist, a registered dispensing optician, or from a reputable online vendor that requires a prescription. Make sure you’re buying FDA-cleared or -approved contacts lenses. Also, the person or company that sells you the contacts must get your prescription and verify it with your doctor. The FDA says that if they don’t ask for the name and phone number of your doctor, they are breaking Federal law and may be selling you illegal contacts.
If you do not have a prescription you will need to get an eye exam; if you wear contacts now, ask your eye doctor for a copy of your current prescription. And, when you get your contacts, make sure you follow the directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses. If you don’t receive directions, ask for them!
Check the license!
Ophthalmologists are eye surgeons who are licensed by DCA’s Medical Board of California. They perform surgeries for problems caused by diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, and also treat eye diseases and prescribe corrective lenses.
Optometrists are licensed by DCA’s State Board of Optometry. They conduct examinations to determine the overall health of the eyes, screen for diseases, and also prescribe corrective lenses.
Registered dispensing opticians are also licensed by DCA’s Medical Board of California. They run businesses that fill prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. They cannot prescribe corrective lenses.
Make sure you’re doing the right thing for your eyes; you might be dressing up for one Halloween night, but your vision is forever.
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month and to be hosting a multi-department Diversity & Disability Awareness and Resource Fair on October 15, 2014. Each October, a national campaign is held to educate employees and employers in all industries about diversity and disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. DCA is firmly committed to supporting the message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities.
Learn more about NDEAM by visiting their website at http://www.dol.gov/odep/
GRASS VALLEY – Peace officers with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU), along with the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Insurance, and the U.S. Department of Labor served a search warrant Tuesday on a Grass Valley psychologist suspected of Workers Compensation Fraud.
Pamlyn Kelly, PhD is suspected of fraudulently billing insurance companies for Workers Compensation services that were not provided. The investigation was prompted by a complaint to the California Board of Psychology from a patient, who alleged their insurance was being billed for appointments that never occurred. The Board referred the matter to HQUI for investigation.
The Board has opened an administrative investigation into whether disciplinary action should be taken against Kelly’s license.
Investigators suspect other instances of fraud may have occurred. They are asking any patients of Dr. Kelly whose insurance was billed for services that were not provided to contact HQIU Supervising Investigator Mark Loomis at (916) 263-2585.
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