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man wearing different Halloween contact lens in each eye

If you want your eyes to look like those of a vampire or some other spooky character this All Hallows’ Eve, special contact lenses can do that for you but you should read this before you buy Halloween contact lenses.

Get Them from an Optician

In order to buy Halloween contact lenses, you need a prescription from a qualified eye care professional, even if the contacts are just for looks and you don’t need them to correct your vision.

Convenience stores, flea markets and online sources who sell Halloween contacts without a prescription are selling them illegally. You can’t trust an illegal source because they often sell non-sterile or expired lenses that can seriously damage your eyes. We’re talking about eye infections, impaired vision and even blindness.

Clean and Store Them Properly

Halloween contact lenses must be cleaned properly and stored in a clean case, just as you would with regular contact lenses.

Sharing is Bad

I know your mother taught you to share, but in this case it’s a very bad idea. Sharing your Halloween contact lenses can lead to serious eye problems.

Protect Your Eyes

Consumers interested in wearing Halloween contact lenses or any type of contact lenses should visit an eye doctor, get a prescription and buy them from a licensed provider. A valid prescription helps to ensure that you’re getting contact lenses that are safe. Without it, you risk serious eye injury or even the loss of your eyesight for the sake of one night of fun.

Safety Checklist

Follow this safety checklist to enjoy a safe Halloween:

  1. Visit your eye doctor for a contact lens exam, fitting and prescription, even if you don’t need vision correction.
  2. Buy your Halloween contact lenses from an eyewear retailer that requires you to have a prescription. Buying from an unlicensed source that doesn’t ask for a prescription significantly increases your risk of serious eye problems.
  3. Always follow your eye doctor’s instructions for wearing and caring for your contact lenses.
  4. While it may seem like a fun idea to swap special-effect lenses with your friends, doing so can spread harmful bacteria and may result in serious eye health issues, including blindness.
  5. Remember that Halloween contact lenses are not usually designed to wear overnight.
  6. If, while wearing your Halloween contacts, you experience any eye redness, swelling or discomfort, remove the contact lenses immediately and see your eye doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms may be a sign of a potential eye infection.
  7. False eyelashes can also cause eye irritation. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when applying and removing them.

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