Want Colored Contact Lenses for Your Halloween Costume? Here’s What You Should Know

If you’re thinking about adding colored contact lenses to your wardrobe, here’s what you need to know about getting the right pair. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

It’s about that time of year! It’s time for costumes and makeup and ghoulishness … In short, it’s time for Halloween!

Getting all dressed up for Halloween is certainly fun, and the more elaborate the costume, the more points you win at your next Halloween party! One of the best and most creative accessories for great Halloween costumes is colored contact lenses. They help create a full, immersive character. However, not all contact lenses are made to the same standards.

Unfortunately, there are some colored contact lenses that aren’t manufactured according to stringent safety protocols. If you’re planning on creating a spectacular Halloween costume complete with scary eyes, here are some tips for finding, wearing, and maintaining colored contact lenses.

Remember, all contact lenses are medical devices.

Regardless of whether the contact lenses are for vision correction or just cosmetic purposes, all contact lenses, because they come in contact directly with the eyeball, are classified as medical devices. Even if you see colored contact lenses being sold over the counter at a beauty supply store or a costume shop, it doesn’t mean that these are just normal accessories like earrings. You must have a prescription to buy colored contact lenses, even if your vision is perfect.

Contact lens prescriptions are required because everyone’s eyes are different, and contact lenses have to fit precisely. If you don’t wear contact lenses that fit you, you run the risk of eye infection or eye injury.

Only visit the best retailers.

One of the biggest red flags when looking for retailers of costume contact lenses is not requiring buyers to have a prescription. If they require evidence of a contact lens prescription before selling to you, then it is likely a reputable retailer.

Selling contact lenses of any kind without a prescription is illegal in the United States.

All eyes are shaped differently.

We mentioned this in the previous paragraphs, but human eyeballs are not all a standard size. You cannot find one size fits all contact lenses, even if they are only for cosmetic changes and not vision correction.

Follow careful maintenance guidelines.

Once you’ve purchased a pair of colored contacts from a reputable retailer, you must maintain them properly and only use them according to the directions given to you by your optometrist and on the package. This is to ensure your risk of eye infection is always low. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Make sure your hands are always thoroughly washed before you touch, insert, or take out your contact lenses.
  • Do your best not to touch or scratch your eyes while you are wearing your contact lenses.
  • Do not ever clean your contact lenses with any fluid or cleaning agent other than the appropriate fresh contact lens solution. You must never even get your contact lenses wet with water!
  • Always read your contact lens instructions very carefully. Never wear them for a longer period of time than the instructions indicate, and always replace your contact lenses as per the recommended replacement schedule.
  • Always remove your contact lenses before going to sleep. Regardless of whether you’re Wearing corrective or cosmetic contact lenses, you must always remove your lenses, and store them properly every night before you go to sleep.

If spooky colored eyes are a part of your costume this Halloween, let OptiExpress be your holiday eyecare resource! We’ll be more than happy to give you a full eye exam and contact lens fitting just in time for your next costume party! OptiExpress was recently given the distinction of being Southwest Florida’s number-one Fitter of Acuvue Contact Lenses.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is one of Ft. Myers’s most respected optometrists, and has practiced in South Florida for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.