Halloween is approaching fast but with thepandemic situation everywhere around the world, a physical Halloween partymight not be the wisest thing to do. However, this doesn’t stop many fromheading online for Halloween parties. This new online Halloween trend willprompt many to go for costume contact lenses which are colored contactlens with decorative patterns to spruce up their Halloween looks. This begsthe question – Is Halloween contacts safe?
Costume contact lens, also known asdecorative or cosmetic contact lens is essentially colored contact lens thatchange the way your eyes look, whether by changing its iris’ color or pupilshape, in order to give your eyes dramatic effects or mimic the eyes of acartoon, animeor film character. Costume contact lens can be both with or without visioncorrection.
Costume / Colored contact lens is no different than clear contact lens when it comes to wearing them. When using both types of lenses, one needs to practice proper wear and care. Certain contact lenses are considered medical devices so if not used correctly or according to proper instructions, wearing any contact lenses can increase the risk of an eye infection or prolong visual impairment. Don’t make your Halloween haunt you long after October 31 and make sure that you are getting your costume contact lens from trusted and reputable offline or online shop.
Wearing costume contact lens is safe if you follow the correct instructions. It is advisable to see an eye doctor to get a proper prescription before getting any contact lens on your own. A professional eye doctor or ophthalmologist can check your eyes and measure them for properly fit contacts. Besides that, ophthalmologist will also offer you safety tips on wearing contact lens.
Obtaina proper prescription before buying your contact lens.
Costume lens for Halloween that looks fancy and crazy can be purchased just about anywhere nowadays, especially from social media like Instagram and Facebook, and online retail shops. These lenses if purchased without a proper prescription may not fit properly on your cornea, leaving your eyes more susceptible to scratches or cuts. Sounds like something out of a horror movie? Well it is, and the worst part is, the scratch and cut may leave permanent scarring, infection or vision loss.
Some of the eye injuries caused by mis-fitting lenses are corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers, and bacterial infections like keratitis.In addition, when wearing costume lenses, less oxygen is passed through to the eyes due to the paints and pigments used on the lenses to add color and patterns, making the lenses thicker and hence less breathable. Be sure to check with your ophthalmologist for advices on wearing costume contact lens so that you can enjoy the fun and have a safe Halloween.
Whether you are going for the Vampire’s red eyes, white out blind or the animal eyes to match your Halloween or costume parties’ attire, you can use these decorative lenses safely as long as you follow proper instructions, practice good hygiene and definitely buy from a trusted retailer. Here are some guidelines outlined by Food and Drug Administration (FDA)to ensure the safe use of Halloween contacts.