Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about what you’re dressing up as this year? Whatever you decide, keep in mind that the key to nailing your costume is in the details. Wearing costume contact lenses may be just the thing you need to complete your whole look.
But, before you do, your myopia control center answers some frequently asked questions about costume contact lenses you might also have.
Q #1: What Are Costume Contact Lenses?
Costume contact lenses are contact lenses that change your eyes’ appearance. They can give you a different pupil shape or eye color. They can also make your eyes seem more animated or less life-like. Some common examples are red contact lenses, cat’s eye-like lenses and zombie lenses. Because of the effects they produce, they are also referred to as cosmetic or decorative contact lenses.
Q #2: Can Costume Contact Lenses Be Bought Over-the-Counter?
Despite being manufactured primarily for cosmetic use, costume contact lenses, just like any other contact lenses, are still considered medical devices. This means that no, they cannot be bought over-the-counter. You will need a prescription from your optometrist before you can buy and use a pair.
Q #3: What Can Happen if I Use Costume Contact Lenses Without Prescription?
If you use costume contact lenses that were not prescribed for you, it’s possible that they are not the right fit for your eyes. As a result, the lenses may scratch, cut or even infect your eyes. They may also prevent oxygen from passing through your eyes, which may cause visual discomfort later on. Using non-prescribed contact lenses may cause blindness or other permanent eye damage too.
Q #4: What Happens During an Eye Exam for Costume Contact Lenses?
During an eye exam, your eye doctor will evaluate whether or not you are qualified to use contact lenses–both regular and costume. We’ll check if you have dry eyes, allergies or infections. We may also ask if you’re frequently exposed to dust or smoke. We may determine as well if you can handle and care for contact lenses.
Once we find that you’re a good candidate for contact lenses, we’ll measure your eyes and determine the costume contact lenses that best fit your eyes and suit your lifestyle. We’ll also tell you how long you can wear the lenses and what to do before, during and after wearing them.
To learn more about costume contact lenses, contact an eyecare professional near you today.