However, unlike every other piece of a costume, contact lenses are medical devices, so we need to take special care to make sure we buy ones that are safe and fit properly. Here are a few important tips to follow when it comes to these specialty lenses.
Most people who wear contact lenses need them to correct a vision problem, but even when they’re just for show, they still count as medical devices. That’s why it’s essential to get a prescription before buying them, even if the prescription is only for the fit. (That’s right, contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all, and it’s important to get them in the right size for your eye so that they don’t slip or scratch your cornea.)
A good red flag to be aware of when buying costume contacts is whether or not they require a prescription before selling to you. If they don’t, they’re violating US law, and who knows what other regulations they’re breaking when it comes to the safety, sanitation, and quality of their lenses. If they do require a prescription, it’s a good sign that they’re trustworthy, and it’s worth paying a little more to get lenses you can be confident are safe.
Once you have your prescription costume contacts from a reliable vendor, it’s critical to take good care of them and follow the instructions on how to use them safely so that you minimize the risk of eye infection. Follow these tips to protect your eyes:
We want our patients to be able to achieve their wildest Halloween costume or cosplay goals, so make sure to schedule an appointment to get a contact lens prescription if you don’t already have one or if your old one is out of date. We can’t wait to hear about your costume, and make sure you send us pictures when it’s finished!