This Halloween, remember that there’s nothing scarier than an eye infection or losing your vision. Costume contact lenses may seem like a harmless way to amp up your spooky costume, but keep in mind that they could be doing your eyes serious harm. We’ll tell you what to look for or avoid when it comes to these special effect contact lenses.
Only Buy From an Eye Doctor
These special effect contact lenses for Halloween seem like they’re available almost everywhere. From temporary costume shops to beauty supply stores, everyone is offering these fun contact lenses. However, it’s not only unwise to buy contact lenses from these stores, but it’s also illegal. That’s right, it’s illegal to purchase contact lenses in the United States without a valid prescription. You should only be purchasing contacts from an eye doctor or eye care professional.
Why Are These Contacts Dangerous?
Contact lenses purchased through online shops, costume stores, or drug stores are not FDA-approved but they are not sized to fit your eyes. This is important because the incorrectly sized contact lenses can lead to infections, corneal ulcers, decreased vision, and even blindness in some cases. Don’t do it.
So I Need a Prescription for Them?
Yes, even if you don’t normally wear corrective lenses or contacts you must have a prescription to purchase contacts. You need to see an eye doctor for a contact lens exam to have them properly fitted and prescribed.
If you still decide to wear costume contacts, here are some guidelines to do so safely:
- Visit an eye care professional (ophthalmologist) for an eye exam. They will measure each eye and talk to you about proper contact lens care.
- After the exam, get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements and expiration date.
- Purchase your desired colored contact lenses from a retailer who asks for a prescription.
- Follow the contact lens care directions for cleaning, disinfecting and wearing the lenses.
- Never share contact lenses with another person.
- Get follow-up exams as directed by your eye care provider.
We hope these tips help you have a happy and safe Halloween. If you have any questions about costume/special effect contact lenses or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (248) 334-4931.