Unlike the rest of the costume, however, these contact lenses are medical devices. We should always take special care to buy safe ones that fit correctly. Follow these tips from the optometrist to ensure you get costume contacts you can trust for your costume.
Most of the time, when someone wears contact lenses, it’s to correct a vision problem. However, even contact lenses that are just for show are medical devices that require a prescription. Unlike glasses prescriptions, contact lens prescriptions are also for the fit! Contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all, so it’s critical to get the right size so that they don’t slip off or scratch your cornea.
An important red flag to know about when you buy costume contacts is whether or not they require a prescription before selling. If they skip that step, they’re violating US law, and if they’re willing to do that, who knows what other safety, sanitation, and quality corners they’re cutting? Requiring a prescription is a good sign of a trustworthy vendor, and it’s worth a little higher price tag to be confident that the lenses you buy are safe.
Once you have purchased prescription costume lenses from a trustworthy vendor, the ball is in your court, and it’s up to you to take good care of them and follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t risk an eye infection. It’s important to follow these steps:
We hope our patients are able to realize their most elaborate Halloween costume or cosplay goals, so don’t forget to schedule an appointment for a contact lens prescription if yours is out-of-date or you don’t have one yet. We’d love to see pictures of your costume when it’s finished!