Halloween is fast-approaching, and by now, you’ve probably already started prepping your costume. Coloured contacts are a popular (and easy) way to take your look to the next level—whether you’re a zombie or a skeleton—and shift your costume’s vibe from sweet to spooky.
Our goal here isn’t to scare you, but you should be aware that costume contact lenses are actually pretty risky if they’re not used properly. In fact, permanent eye damage is a possibility when applying any contact lens that was not fit by an eyecare professional.
It’s often overlooked that these decorative lenses—which alter the colour and appearance of your eye—are a medical device that need to be handled with care. If not properly worn, costume contacts can cause serious medical issues, including corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers, and other painful infections—some of which can lead to blindness.
Seeing your optometrist prior to sporting spooky lenses is ideal, as they will ensure the lenses are properly fitted to your eyes, help teach proper handling and care, and confirm that you’re a good candidate for contacts. However, if you’re unable to consult with a doctor in time for Halloween festivities, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering wearing costume contacts:
If you experience any discomfort or vision issues once you insert them, don’t wait until after you’ve gone trick-or-treating! Immediately reach out to an eye care professional to ensure there is no permanent damage done.
Our main piece of advice: Don’t lose sight of your eye health this Halloween!
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