Halloween contact lenses can be a spell for your eyes

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HOUSTON, Tx. -- It's as scary as it looks!  Party monsters, this Halloween beware of spooky contacts: doctors say they'll make you cry.

Starting at $10, contact lenses might help you transform into a zombie or a sexy vampire.   But the FDA warns that they can also result in infection, ulceration, long lasting vision loss and even blindness.

"A lot of times these contacts that are used for cosmetic purposes are not the highest quality," says Gene Kim, M.D., at UTHealth / Memorial.  "They can suffocate the eye, cause infections and a lot of other issues as well."

In other words: a witch may cast a spell on your eyes.

"When you place your order, they're gonna want a copy of your doctor's prescription," explained Kelly Jernigan, district manager of Spirit Halloween.  "It is illegal to sell contact lenses in the U.S. without a prescription."

So, if you want to survive the year's scariest celebration, then go see an eye specialist before you stick something into your eyes.  Although, these days, going trick-or-treating could be even more dangerous.