Zombies, vampires, and cat eyes – Oh my! Keep your costume safe this Halloween!

Contact lenses can make your Halloween costume extra creepy. However, not all contact lenses are created equal. Finding the perfect fit for your contacts is as important as the fit of your costume. Too loose, too tight, or just right.

In order to protect your vision this Halloween, and year round, follow these tips:

Avoid contacts you buy from a store.  These contacts are not approved by the FDA.  Never order from an online distributor who doesn’t require a prescription. It is illegal for companies to sell contact lenses without a prescription. Prescriptions must list the brand, power and an expiration date.

  1. Get an eye exam! Even if you have great vision. Your eye doctor can fit you in the perfect costume contact lens.
  2. Do not wear other people’s contact lenses.  Do not share any of your own.
  3. Throw your lenses away regularly. Costume contact lenses are not designed to wear for years or even several months.
  4. Follow the appropriate contact lens care.  Your doctor will provide you care instructions.   For example, do not sleep in your lenses unless instructed otherwise.

Infections, Definitely Not a Treat

Infections caused by contact lenses can be serious. You don’t want to spend your Halloween with an eye infection. Most importantly, if you experience any pain, blurry vision, redness, or discharge, report immediately to your eye care provider. These symptoms can be signs of an abrasion, ulcer, or other forms of inflammation or infection. In serious cases, these problems may not be treatable and can lead to devastating vision loss.

Need More Information?

Visit American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website at:  https://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/scary-lenses

Want more tips to keep your Halloween safe?  Visit American Optometric Association’s web site at:  https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/eye-safety-tips-for-halloween