Cat eyes, red eyes, blackout eyes… Halloween contact lenses can be a spook-tacular addition to your costume. Coloured contact lenses usually mimic the appearance of the iris for a natural look, but Halloween contact lenses come in many extraordinary guises, featuring supernatural colours and elongated pupils for a dragon-like stare.
So, whether you’re adding dramatic flare to an epic outfit, or want to freak out your colleagues with a touch of ghoulish fun, coloured prescription contact lenses or non prescription coloured contacts are a must-have accessory for 31st October.
Just check out these terrifyingly awesome Halloween looks for inspiration…
Dangerously Tempting Halloween Contact Lenses
Although Halloween contact lenses are the ideal way to spook-up your Instagram feed, non prescription coloured contact lenses come with their own risks.
For health and safety reasons all contact lenses are classified as medical devices in the UK, making it illegal to sell novelty lenses without the supervision of a qualified eye health professional.
We know that most of you are likely to buy these lenses for a one-off event, tempting you to go for the quick and easy option of purchasing Halloween contact lenses online or off the high street, without a prescription or a fitting appointment.
You might want to think twice before putting your eyes at risk.
Decorative contact lenses can cause serious damage to your vision, increasing the likelihood of infection and even vision loss. This is the result of cheap, cosmetic contact lenses that are sold with little to no instructions for use and haven’t been professionally fitted or assessed to check your eyes’ suitability to adapt to them.
Symptoms of ill-fitting lenses include:
- Gritty sensation
- Corneal ulcers
- Allergic reaction
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
So, if you want Halloween contact lenses to play a central role in your costume, make sure you are buying them from a legitimate source to prevent damage to your eyes.
Buying Safe Coloured Contact Lenses
Here at the Contact Lens Practice, our highly qualified optometrists can prescribe contact lenses and order in non-prescription coloured contacts for your Halloween outfit, so you can channel spooky eyes safely.
You’ll need to book a contact lens consultation, during which we’ll be able to assess your needs and your eyes’ suitability for contact lenses. We’ll then advise you on the best Halloween contact lenses for your needs and talk you through handling your lenses and storing them hygienically and safely. Your lenses should arrive around three weeks after you’ve ordering them.
Halloween is just around the corner, with plenty of parties to go with it, so why not book your appointment with us today? Wearing your zombified lenses with absolute peace of mind has never been easier!
NB: If you do opt to purchase cheap Halloween contact lenses online, there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of infection.
- Firstly, check the packaging for the ‘CE’ mark which indicates that the product adheres to health and safety standards.
- Ask a professional about how to handle the lenses
- Make sure to remove them immediately if you experience any discomfort
- Never share your lenses with other people
- Don’t wear them for extended periods of time
- Discard them immediately if they are torn or damaged
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above from poorly fitted or cheap contact lenses, please contact your optician immediately!
See you soon!