Are Halloween Contact Lenses Safe?Wendy Russi
Although costume lenses can add an extra thrill to your Halloween costume with their creepy appearance, wearing contact lenses for costume purposes without a prescription could cause serious eye infections and permanent vision loss. Decorative lenses are not costumed jewelry, but medical devices. They should be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional, just as regular contact lenses. We urge people to make sure they have been properly fit for contact lenses and have a talk with their eye care professional before they go shopping.
Poorly fitting contact lenses can easily scratch the cornea, which is the outer layer of your eye. This makes it more susceptible to infections-causing bacteria and viruses. Sometimes, severe scarring caused by an infection can lead to a corneal transplant being necessary in order to restore vision. Blindness can result in the most severe cases.
Many sites sell illegal contact lenses. Lenses that may not have FDA clearance or comply with federal laws. Here at Gothika, we make it our mission to offer the best and safest products on the market.
These steps will ensure that your costume doesn’t haunt you throughout the year.
To get a prescription to wear costume contact lenses, you must see an eye doctor. False packaging that claims “one size fits all” and “no need for an eye doctor” is false. Contact lenses are NOT one size fits all. Be careful of sites that sell lenses from overseas as they often try to bypass US safety laws.
- Care for your contact lenses properly. Proper care is essential, even if you have a prescription.
- Never share contacts. Pink eye is not a good look for any costume. Pink eye is highly contagious and can be spread by sharing contacts.
- Tell others about the dangers associated with buying fake, illegal costume contacts. Do not let your friends wear costume contacts lenses bought from sketchy overseas websites.