Thinking of Wearing Costume Contact Lenses This Halloween? Here’s What You Should Know

Costume contact lenses seem like a fun addition to a well-thought-out Halloween costume, but before you buy a pair of lenses at your local beauty supply store or online, here’s what you need to know. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Halloween is just around the corner! It’s the time of year when we channel our inner ghouls and goblins (or sexy pirates) and celebrate the beginning of fall.

If you’re planning a dazzling costume this Halloween, a set of super spooky eyes might add a final flourish to your bold holiday look. However, before you start shopping for the perfect vampire, demon, or cat’s eye contacts, take the following into consideration – or you just might find a raging eye infection in your trick-or-treat bag.

All Contact Lenses Are Medical Devices

Regardless of whether they are prescription corrective lenses or non-prescription colored contacts, whether they’re soft contacts or rigid gas permeable lenses, or whether they’re daily disposable or non-disposable, all contact lenses are medical devices. While fashion eye glasses that offer no corrective power are accessories and not considered medical devices, contact lenses must be fitted to the individual eye in order to assure optimum effectiveness and safety.

Contact lenses must be specific to the curves and size of your own eye, otherwise they could fall out or cause injury.

All Contact Lenses Should Be Purchased From a Reputable Vendor

Never purchase costume contact lenses from any retailer that doesn’t require a prescription. This might be disappointing, because most people don’t want to bother getting a prescription for a once-yearly wardrobe enhancement, but it’s important to ensure a safe experience. If the retailer doesn’t require a prescription prior to purchasing contact lenses, they are violating the law.

Costume Contacts Require Proper Maintenance

Once you have a prescription for your contact lenses, you must learn how to care for them correctly. Correct contact lens maintenance significantly reduces your risk of eye infection. Here are a few basic tips for contact lens care:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.
  • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes while wearing your contacts.
  • Don’t clean with, or expose your contact lenses to, any solution other than the contact lens cleaner recommended by the contact lens manufacturer. NEVER expose your contact lenses to water.
  • Never store your contact lenses in anything other than fresh contact lens solution. Do not reuse solution after removing them from their case.
  • Remember to remove your contact lenses before you go to sleep. Sleeping with contact lenses – particularly scleral contact lenses that are less breathable than standard lenses – can irritate the eyes.
  • Keep optometrist-recommended eye drops handy to ensure your eyes and lenses stay hydrated.

If your Halloween costume could use the added glamour of costume contacts, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for a contact lens fitting and prescription at OptiExpress!

  • The founder of OptiExpress, Dr. J. Michael Witherington, is proud to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading optometry specialists, having practiced in South Florida for over 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.