eye safety of Halloween contact lenses

Eye Safety Awareness for Halloween

If you are interested in costume contact lenses this Halloween, make sure to come in advance, especially if you are not a current contact lens wearer!  The deadline to order costume lenses is October 16th for them to arrive in time for Halloween! 

Costume lenses are everywhere, especially this time of year.  However, our optometrists caution you: do not be enticed by colored/costume contact lenses sold over the counter or on the internet! 

Contact lenses are not one-size fits all!  Any contact lenses sold in the US at novelty shops, beauty salons, Halloween stores, etc. are not FDA approved and are ILLEGAL. 

Please remember that contact lenses are a medical device requiring a valid prescription and fitting by a medical professional.   Please be aware and use extreme care.  Costume Lenses can blind you if used or sourced improperly.  They can be worn safely and put the perfect finishing touch on your Halloween look, but only if you see a doctor first and follow their advice for proper wear and care. 

Here’s Why:  

The Quality of the Dye 

The dye quality is so important when it comes to your eyes.  Contact lenses that are not FDA approved may have toxic dyes that can leak into the eye. 

Very Little Oxygen Flow 

Low quality contact lenses may not let enough oxygen through the lens membrane to your eye. This can lead to corneal abrasion, swelling, and potentially blinding infections that can leave you with lasting eye damage. 

Poor Materials 

Often these contacts are made of outdated material technologies from the 80’s!  Your eyes deserve better. 

Steer clear of anything that claims “one-size fits all” or “no prescription needed”.  Lenses that are not FDA and dispensed without a prescription can cut, scratch, and infect your eyes. 

We care about your eye health and don’t want you putting your vision at risk.  Let us fit you in quality colored contact lenses so you can look AND feel great this Halloween.  Schedule your appointment for a fitting or place an order over the phone! 

Learn more about costume contact lenses from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.