When it comes to fatal beauty trends, there's perhaps nothing more dangerous than counterfeit contact lenses. Though they may look harmless and offer an additional way to spice up your creepiest special effect makeup looks, those cool plastic zombie, cat, or clown eye disks can actually make you go blind. Teen girl Leah Carpenter learned that the hard way.
It's even more startling to learn that Carpenter isn't the only person to have suffered after using faulty contact lenses for a costume. Here you'll discover several contact lens horror stories, as well as information on how to avoid falling victim to the cosmetic trap.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has even provided some excellent advice on what to look out for if you decide to purchase colored contact lenses and an explanation of exactly why it's so important to consult a doctor if you do.
Leah Carpenter Suffered Irreparable Eye Damage For The Sake Of An Authentic CostumePhoto: Dawn Carpenter / freep.com
A Vendor Sold The Contacts IllegallyPhoto: wickedeyez_contacts / Instagram
The Contact Vendor Refused To Accept Responsibility For Carpenter's InjuriesPhoto: Sterling & Co.
Leah Carpenter Had To Endure A Strenuous Recovery PeriodPhoto: Macomb Daily