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Halloween offers each of us a time to transform ourselves into anything we can imagine from our favorite series character (GoT anyone?) to a zombie pirate (like our friend pictured above). Many people use special-effects (SFX) contact lenses to enhance their costume and it's important to treat these lenses like the contacts you wear every day (or better depending on your lens care habits).
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.