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Special Effect Contact Lenses for Halloween Costumes

Cosmetic Halloween Contact Lenses

It’s that time of the year when children, teens and adults in Orlando are planning the perfect Halloween costume. A creative way to complete “the look” is by wearing special effect, or decorative, contact lenses. From cat eyes to zombies and aliens to who-knows-what, these lenses come in a variety of designs and can be a lot of fun to wear. Should you choose to wear these types of contact lenses as part of your Halloween costume, make sure your fun doesn’t turn into a frightful nightmare!

At Vision Health Institute, we want to make sure that your Halloween contact lenses are safe to wear. An eye examination is needed to determine an individual’s suitability for contact lenses. At VHI, our optometrists can perform an eye exam and order your contact lenses on the same day.

Contact lenses require precise fitting and careful follow-up care from a trained Eye Care Professional.

The risks associated with buying and wearing contact lenses without an examination by an eye doctor, or a prescription, are not worth one evening of fun. Do not put yourself at risk for serious, even blinding eye infections by attempting to purchase decorative lenses from an unknown source. At VHI, we make sure all contact lenses fit properly and are appropriate for your eyes.

Cosmetic contact lenses are designed to change the appearance of the eye, but did you know, in some cases, these lenses also correct refractive error? How great is that! However, keep in mind, many of these lenses will not correct your vision or be available in your prescription. Items to consider:

  • Can you see well enough at night without vision correction?
  • Will you be able to wear your glasses (over your non-prescription contact lenses) with your costume?
  • Will you be driving?

It may be necessary to put your decorative contact lenses in after you arrive at your Halloween party or destination. As always, it is essential that you practice safe handling of your lenses.

Contact lenses provide many vision and other benefits. They are not risk-free and patients should follow instructions about safe wear and care.

You may not think of Halloween as being a great time to schedule your regular eye exam, but it is! By visiting our office during October, you can inquire about “tricked out” decorative contact lenses, and also treat yourself to new eyewear for the holidays! Now that is a great way to trick-or-treat!