Keep Your Eyes Safe This Halloween: Using Coloured Contact Lenses
Do I need a prescription?
In short: yes. Whether you already have a prescription for your vision or just want to add a bit of colour to your life, you need to have your eyes examined before purchasing coloured contact lenses. Coloured contacts can be worn by anyone, not just those who need them to enhance their vision. We understand the desire to change your eye colour (especially on Halloween), but it’s important that you do so with expert advice that will keep your eyes safe.
What are the dangers of non-prescription contact lenses?
Non-prescription or ill-fitting contact lenses are a serious hazard to your optic health. Here’s a short list of don’ts when it comes to coloured contacts this Halloween season:
1. Don’t buy from uncertified vendors: even for cosmetic purposes, contact lenses are still considered a medical device. It’s important to buy them from a reliable source (ill-fitting contacts can cause infection, corneal abrasion, vision deterioration and partial blindness).
2. Don’t believe it’s ok if you use them just once: it doesn’t matter if you use them once or 100 times, the danger will always be there.
3. Don’t wait to be treated: if you notice a change in your vision or discomfort in your eyes, contact your eye doctor immediately.
So should I avoid coloured contacts this Halloween?
Absolutely not! As long as you see your eye doctor and get a valid prescription, coloured contacts are a perfectly safe way to spice up your costume. Here’s a list of the different types of coloured contacts to choose from this Halloween:
• Enhancement tints: best to intensify the natural hue of your current eye colour
• Colour tints: used for drastic change in eye colour
• Theatrical lenses: used for special effects, these lenses are probably what you want this Halloween
Be safe this Halloween and purchase your coloured contacts from a reputable source. If you’re unsure, contact Dr. Jade and Associates and ensure the safety of your eyes this Halloween season.