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Wacky Halloween contact lenses could cause eye damage

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Cat eyes, Terminator eyes, even eyes of pure black--colored contacts can provide all sorts of spooky looks on Halloween.

But doctors say those special colored contact lenses are illegal without a prescription.  While some eye doctors will prescribe them for you, many people simply buy them over the Internet with no prescription, and no guarantees of safety.

Doctors say this can cause serious problems.

"If that contact lens is not fitting correctly, it can cause corneal infections, it can cause blood vessels to grow onto the eye, it can cause corneal abrasions," said Dr. Kristie Chevalier with International Eyecare Center in Quincy. "These are all things that could potentially cause scar tissue there, which--worst-case scenario--could affect a person's vision."

Dr. Chevalier says even wearing these lenses only on Halloween can still cause serious issues.

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