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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law — which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens. 

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss. 

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at Empress Eye Clinic and make an appointment with Dr. Heshmati to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Colored Contact Lenses

  • DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.  
  • DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.
  • DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)
  • DO follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor. 
  • DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.
  • DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween. Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.  

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in North York at Empress Eye Clinic.

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Dr. Javad Heshmati, Optometrist

Dr. Heshmati is a Doctor of Optometry. He is certified in controlled substances, diagnostic, topical and oral therapeutics to medically treat eye diseases.

Dr. Heshmati received his optometry degree in 1991 from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. After moving to Ontario in 1997, he continued studying Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing, and he received his certificates in ophthalmic dispensing in 1999. He received his certification from the Canadian Examiners in Optometry and became a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario in 2004. He then started his practice as an Eye Doctor in Ontario.

Dr. Heshmati established the Empress Eye Clinic in 2007 to provide the highest quality eye care to his patients.

Dr. Heshmati backed his academic knowledge with extensive Optometry experience in ocular health, geriatric, pediatric, myopia control, primary care optometry, and contact lens. He co-manages cataract, corneal cross-linking and laser refractive surgery with top ophthalmic surgeons in Toronto.

Dr. Heshmati also prescribes and fits a wide range of advanced and specialty soft and gas permeable contact lenses (Toric for astigmatism, multi-focal for presbyopia, scleral for keratoconus and dry eye, therapeutic, bandage and prosthetic contact lenses for damaged cornea, and Orthokeratology ( Ortho K)also known as Corneal Reshaping for myopia control in kids.

Throughout more than 25 years of practice, Dr. Heshmati has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice by dedicating himself to the highest level of patient care. He continually strives to learn the latest knowledge and treatment techniques to incorporate them into his routine practice.

Dr. Heshmati strongly believes in preventative eye care. He incorporates advanced technologies and techniques in his practice, enabling him to diagnose, prevent, and treat eye diseases in the early stages to prevent vision loss.

Providing the most thorough eye care available and educating and helping patients understand all aspects of their vision and eye health, Dr. Heshmati prides himself that his patients are the primary referral source to his practice.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

No matter how healthy you are, it is important to have routine eye exams because most eye diseases have no symptom in early stages. Luckily if diagnosed early more than 75% of eye diseases are preventable or treatable, that's why we recommend Advanced Total Eye Exams, annually.
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Using cutting edge technologies combined with our decades of experience enable us to detect eye conditions at the earliest possible opportunity; this is all directed to achieving a better outcome for our patients.  So whatever your concern, be it glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic and other systemic related eye disease, or otherwise, you can be assured you will be looked after. 

We strongly believe in advancement in science and technologies and constantly strive to improve our knowledge and incorporate advance technologies to provide the highest quality eye care available today.

Our Advanced Total Eye examination includes screening neuro-optometric tests, Retinal Imaging, OCT(Optical Coherence Tomography), Automated Visual Field Screening Test, Auto-refractometer ,  Auto-keratometer, Bio Microscope, Intra Ocular Pressure,  and other instruments and tests that enable us to diagnose eye diseases in very early stages and therefore initiate the treatment for a better outcome and prevent vision loss.

We are 'service oriented' not 'volume oriented' and our optometrists will explain your eye conditions in detail, all your treatment options and answer any questions you may have. 

Specifically what to expect throughout your eye examination

During a full eye test, your eye doctor will not just establish your prescription for glasses, he or she will also inspect your eyes for typical eye illness, evaluate exactly just how your eyes interact in tandem and also evaluate your eyes as a sign of your total wellness.

An in-depth eye examination at Empress Eye Clinic consists of a number of fundamental tests and also procedures to analyze and review the health of your eyes as well as the quality of your vision. These tests vary from basic ones, like having you check out an eye chart, to complex evaluations, such as using a high-powered lens and advanced technology to take a look at the wellness of the tissues inside of your eyes.

We advise you to have a full eye exam once a year and if needed more often depending on your physical state, age and also risk factors.


Eye Care for Children in Toronto

Some professionals approximate that anywhere from 5 % to 10 % of pre-schoolers and also 25 % of school-aged young people have vision troubles. Based on accepted standards, all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, annually after that. Young people without vision problems or risk factors for vision problems still need eye examination once a year throughout school.

Youngsters with existing vision troubles or risk factors need to have their eyes inspected much more frequently. Usual risk elements for vision troubles consist of: development delays, history of eye conditions, early birth, past history of eye injury, turned or crossed eyes, various other bodily illness or condition.

Young people who wear glasses or contact lenses may need to have their eyes analyzed more often  according to their eye doctor's instructions.

Read more concerning Pediatric Eye Exams.


Eye Care for Adults in North York

An annual eye test is needed for any adult no matter whether they wear eyeglasses or contact lenses or not. If you do not normally need vision modification, you still need an eye examination every year up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of vision modification and total wellness. Physicians regularly advise a lot more regular analyses for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and numerous other ailments, since many diseases could impact on vision and eye wellness as well as general physical wellness.

Are you over 40? Then it's a good idea to have your eyes analyzed every year to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and also macular weakening. Considering that the hazards of eye health problems grows with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 needs to have a yearly eye examination. Find out a lot more about vision changes as you age.


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Eye Doctors


Dr. Javad Heshmati, Optometrist

Dr. Heshmati has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, by dedicating himself to the highest level of patient care.


Dr. Roger Habib, Optometrist

Dr. Roger Habib was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and earned his Bachelor of Science with Honours in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University.  He attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and graduated *cum laude* with a Doctorate of Optometry degree. During his studies, he completed...

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