This year we may celebrate Halloween differently with the CDC social distancing guidelines by participating on a Zoom virtual Halloween party or a fun drive-by costume parade. Whichever way you will celebrate safely that does not stop the fun with Halloween costumes and probably tempts you to put extra finishes on your costume look. Halloween costumes can be a fun expression of your personality, but if you are not careful in what you choose, your costume could lead to a trip to the eye doctor. Thinking of your costumes for yourself or your kids, you might think about whether a costume is flammable or whether you can be seen by drivers when you are wearing it. On the other hand, did you ever think about whether your costume could harm your vision?
Don’t let an eye infection be the scariest part of your Halloween. Using decorative lenses without a valid prescription can cause serious harm to your eyes—haunting you long after October 31st. The right pair of colored lenses will make a superb final touch to a fantastic Halloween costume. Still, not all contact lenses are created equal, and we want to make sure our patients are educated on the safe use of their Halloween costume contacts.
All Contact Lenses Are Medical Devices
It is important to know that all contact lenses, whether they help you see clearly or give your Halloween costume that special effect, are classified as medical devices. This is why you need to get a prescription from your eye doctor before purchasing any contact lens. Even if you have perfect vision, you need to get an eye exam and a prescription from an eye care professional before wearing any contact lens.
To safely wear costume contact lenses for Halloween or any time of year, follow these guidelines:
• Get an eye exam from an eye doctor — who will measure each eye and talk to you about proper contact lens care.
• Obtain a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and expiration date.
• Purchase the colored contact lenses from a retailer who asks for a prescription.
• Follow the contact lens care directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses.
• Never share contact lenses with another person.
• Get follow-up exams as directed with your eye care provider.
If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain, or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses, and seek immediate medical attention from your eye doctor. Eye infections can become serious very quickly, and sometimes the damage is not reversible.
Our Goal Is Protecting Our Patients Eye Health!
If you have any questions about good costume contact lens care and safety or would like our recommendations for trustworthy vendors, give us a call! We might even have the perfect lenses for your costume available at our practice. We would also love to see how your costume turns out when it’s all done – stay safe and have fun!