Cosmetic Contact Lenses: How Safe Is It to Wear Lenses on Halloween?

With Halloween fast approaching, the time has come to consider your Halloween costumes and the best ways to look spooky for the occasion. From parties to trick or treating with little ones, all attention will be on the best Halloween costume of the year!

For many people, the final touch to their outfit is a pair of colourful contact lenses – but how safe are they and how can you ensure that your lenses aren’t going to cause damage to your eyes? In this blog, we examine the trend of cosmetic contact lenses and how you can keep your eyes healthy this Halloween. 

What Are Costume Contact Lenses?

Costume contact lenses, also referred to as decorative or coloured contact lenses, are lenses that are designed to change how your eyes look. While the regular lenses you wear alter your vision so you can see more clearly, they don’t change how your eyes look aesthetically. Costume lenses, on the other hand, are designed to make your eyes look a different colour or shape, or even give a cartoon appearance. 

You’ve no doubt seen people in pictures or videos who have lenses that make their eyes look purple or yellow, or that have differently shaped pupils to make their eyes appear like a cat or another being. Costume lenses are used to create this effect, and they can be a fun way to change up your look, providing the lenses are safe to use.

Costume lenses can be produced with or without corrective elements to change your vision, meaning that anyone can wear them, whether they require glasses or lenses, or not. 

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Are They Safe To Use?

Before you use cosmetic contact lenses, it’s a good idea to check with your optician first and follow their guidance. Contact lenses are a medical device that requires care and attention to ensure you don’t risk an eye infection or damage your sight in any way. 

To keep your eyes safe, check with a professional to make sure your eyes are healthy and there’s no risk of any issues developing, as well as to ensure you’re a good candidate for contacts if you don’t normally wear them. It’s also important to make sure you’re only buying contact lenses, cosmetic or medical, from a reputable firm that are approved and licensed. 

There are many online providers of coloured contacts that aren’t licensed or regulated, but while these may be a cheaper option, it will wind up costing you in the long run. There are countless injuries and issues caused every year by people wearing lenses from unlicensed providers or from wearing lenses that aren’t correctly fitted, so making sure you use a reputable company for your contact lenses is one way to make sure your lenses are safe to use. 

What Should I Look For When Buying Cosmetic Lenses?

If you’ve decided that cosmetic lenses are for you, there are few things to check and be mindful of before making a purchase. The first is to ensure they fit correctly – any brand that says their lenses are one size fits all should be avoided, as these lenses could scratch or cut your eyes if they don’t fit correctly. Your optician will be able to help you with this. 

Lenses need to be fitted properly and customised to your eyes, in order to prevent any problems to your sight or eye health. If your lenses are not sized for your needs, you could suffer corneal ulcers, abrasions or bacterial infections such as keratitis.

Costume lenses may also allow less oxygen to transfer through to the eye, making them thicker and less breathable, which can also cause serious injury and lasting damage to the eyes. 

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How Can I Maintain Good Eye Health When Using Lenses?

When you’re wearing lenses, maintaining good hygiene is paramount to prevent the spread of bacteria and infections. Before putting lenses in or taking them out, make sure your hands are thoroughly clean and dry, as water can transfer harmful bacteria to your eyes. Make sure your optician has shown you how to put lenses in safely to avoid scratching your eyes, and how to take them out gently without causing any damage. 

It’s incredibly important to remove your lenses at the end of the day, as sleeping in them can prevent moisture from reaching the eyes during the night, resulting in dry eyes and long-term impact that could affect your vision. If you have monthly coloured lenses, make sure that you clean them in fresh solution before storing them in a clean container overnight. 

Whatever lenses you buy, it’s vital that you remember that they are yours and yours alone – never share lenses with anyone as this can cause bacterial infections and the risk of eye infections from developing between you and others. Infections such as conjunctivitis are incredibly contagious, so always keep your lenses clean and never let anyone else wear them, even if it’s only briefly. 

Final Thoughts

Your eyes are a delicate and sensitive area of your body, so you need to take care when dealing with them. What may seem like a fun addition to your Halloween outfit could wind up causing serious long-term effects if you’re not careful. Make sure that your health and safety is a priority by checking with a professional before buying your lenses. 

When it comes to changing up your appearance for Halloween, or any other time of year, it’s important to consider safety first – check with your optician to ensure your eyes are healthy and that the lenses you’ve chosen will fit correctly to avoid causing damage to your eyes. It’s also essential that you don’t leave your lenses in for too long, that you maintain proper hygiene when putting them in or taking them out, and that you are the only person who wears your pair of lenses.