Check out these 7 Halloween contact lens Do's and Don'ts to guarantee the only thing scary this Halloween is your costume:
Have a valid contact lens prescription (within the last year) from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Your prescription contains important measurements and the vision correction that you need to make sure that the contact lenses properly fit and allow you to see clearly. Only licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists are authorized to provide this information to you in order to purchase contact lenses.
Only purchase contacts from sellers (online or in-store) that require a prescription.
If they don't require a prescription, leave the store or website immediately. Contact lenses are classified by the FDA as medical devices and are only legally allowed to be sold with a prescription. Without those measurements and correction powers on your prescription, there is no way to know if either the contact lenses will fit or allow you to see clearly. More than likely, they may cause injury and discomfort due to this lack of important information.
No directions from the seller, no go.Treat these like your contact lenses that you wear every day (or better in some cases) to reduce the possibility of infection. These lenses may only be worn a couple times, but must be used with proper hygiene practices such as storing the lenses in only fresh contact lens solution (no topping off!).
See your eye doctor if redness, pain, or a decrease in vision occur because those may be signs of an eye infection or injury.
Please, please, please do not wait to visit your eye doctor if you notice any redness, pain, or loss in vision during or after wearing these contact lenses. There are plenty of horror stories about the infections or injuries that have happened when people have issues with their contact lenses and wait too long. You don't need to risk your vision for any reason. Eye infections and injuries are treatable in the early stages and we always want to see you right away if you are having any eye issues.
Purchase your Halloween contact lenses from any seller that does not require a prescription including: Halloween stores, convenience stores, flea markets, novelty stores, or websites. There is a reason that those cat-eye contact lenses, sitting next to the register, only cost $10 and it's not because of their quality. Don't trust any website or that guy from the flea market when they tell you these contact lenses work for anyone and don't need a prescription. Contact lenses come in a variety of measurements and powers to best fit your eyes and provide the vision correction you need to see clearly. Also, many times these lenses are not held to the quality standards set by the FDA, are illegal for these non-licensed places to sell, and may be made of improper materials that don't allow the eye to get enough oxygen. Without enough oxygen, your eyes will become a breeding ground for infection. Like you learned in the D.A.R.E. programs from school, just say no.
Ignore proper contact lens care procedures even if they may only be worn a few times.
This is perhaps the hardest easiest thing to do (if that makes sense). We understand that these lenses are only worn a couple times and you may never use them again. It's tempting to relax your hygiene practices with this thought in mind. Do not be fooled into thinking that you cut any corners with your contact lens care and wear practices with these contacts. Not only will these special-effect contact lenses feel better in your eyes with proper care, they will limit any opportunities for infection to occur.
Wait to see your eye doctor if you notice changes in your vision, irritation or pain in your eyes.
We're all guilty, at one time or another, of waiting to see the doctor when something starts to hurt or just doesn't feel quite right. Unfortunately, eye infections can spread rapidly and need to be treated immediately to prevent any damage to your eyes. Waiting that day or two can have major consequences for your eyes that can be avoided entirely if the problem is addressed quickly.Come see us as soon as possible if any of these symptoms occur during or after wearing your special-effects contact lenses.