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Halloween Eye Safety: Watch Out For Special Effect Contact Lenses!

 

Halloween is a time for fun, parties and getting dressed up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't end in some frightening eye damage.

Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have been increasingly becoming a popular item for costumes especially with teenagers and young adults and the trend is alarming eye care professionals. Contacts are a medical device regulated by the FDA. It is illegal for unlicensed distributors to sell contact lenses which is the case with costume and party supply stores, however obviously the regulations are often ignored. Unlicensed manufacturers may use subpar materials or even dangerous coloring elements to dye the lenses. Additionally, wearing lenses without proper fitting and treatment, can cause serious eye damage such as infection, abrasion or even vision loss.

If you do decide to wear special-effect lenses, it is essential to make an exam appointment with a licensed eye care professional. After a contact lens evaluation and eye exam, the optometrist will determine the correct size, curvature and if necessary prescription required for the contacts. The practitioner will also give essential guidance on proper hygiene of contact lenses.

Although many mistakenly view special effect lenses as just another beauty accessory, unhygienic use of lenses can result in serious damage to your eyes and vision. No item should ever be applied on or near the eye without guidance from a professional.

Never buy contacts from anyone that is not an authorized seller that you can be sure comply with all FDA regulations. Even non-corrective lenses must be regulated and require a proper prescription. Beware of websites, flea markets or beauty supply stores that may sell unregulated contacts tinted with dangerous materials. To find out if the store is licensed to sell lenses ask for their state license number and call the state Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) to check.

If your Halloween disguise just won't be the same without decorative lenses, contact your trusted optical store before making any purchase. Halloween shouldn't be a "Hallowed" night for your eyes. Be knowledgable about the dangers unregulated contact use can be to your eyes.

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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