FORT SMITH (KFSM) - Halloween-themed contacts are a popular accessory, but doctors warn they could damage your eyes if they are not bought from an optometrist.
Selling colored contacts is illegal, unless they are coming from a doctor, but they can be easy to find. 5NEWS found them at the Finish-Line gas station on Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.
According to optometrist, Stanley Cate of Cate Eye Care Associates, you should think twice before popping in Halloween contacts.
“Anyone who is getting them from a source other than their eye doctor without a prescription, you are obtaining them illegally,” Cate said. “There is a risk of getting a corneal ulcer.”
According to Cate, the fines for selling Halloween contacts are substantial.
"It is at least three figures on the fines. Sometimes it may be a four-figure fine," Cate said.
The manager of the gas station said he plans to stop selling the contacts.