The Myths & Truths of Halloween Contacts

by Wendy Cai on September 30, 2015

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Think you know everything there is to know about taking care of those costume defining theatrical contact lenses? Well we’re here to bust those myths and reveal the truths.

Orange_Eye-20x20MYTH: All Halloween stores and online retailers sell authentic, FDA-approved lenses.

Orange_Eye-20x20TRUTH: It is illegal to sell Halloween contact lenses without a valid prescription in the United States. Many of the lenses found online or in beauty salons, novelty shops or in pop-up Halloween stores are not FDA-approved.

Orange_Eye-20x20MYTH: People who don’t need vision correction can buy lenses off the shelf.

Orange_Eye-20x20TRUTH: There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” contact lens, and a prescription is still required. Lenses that are not properly fitted via an eye exam may scratch the eye or cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea.

Orange_Eye-20x20MYTH: Decorative lenses do not require the same level of care or consideration as a standard contact lens because they can be purchased over-the-counter or online.

Orange_Eye-20x20TRUTH: It is essential to take care of Halloween lenses the same as standard lenses to ensure safe wear. Halloween contacts are considered medical devices just like regular contact lenses and require the same amount of care. For a complete list of do’s and don’ts to Halloween contact lenses, check our safety tips

Orange_Eye-20x20MYTH: Halloween lenses are suitable for everyone.

Orange_Eye-20x20TRUTH: People with frequent dry eye, severe allergies, frequent exposure to dust or smoke may not be suitable for Halloween lenses. These lenses have the color designs painted overtop, thus making them thicker and less permeable. It makes it more difficult for oxygen to pass through to the eye.

Ready to shop or still hungry for more? Head on over to our Halloween Contacts page to save on the hottest lenses of the season and learn everything there is to know about buying and taking care of these theatrical contacts.


It’s a Nautical Life

by Wendy Cai on September 17, 2015

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The very first Sperry Top-Sider shoe was created in 1935 to fulfill the need for better gripping soles to handle the wet and slippery boat decks. The result was a huge success, and it quickly grew from being the solution to a problem to one of the official shoes of the United States Navy. When the Kennedys were spotted donning the iconic Authentic Original shoes in the 1960s, the Sperry brand became an overnight sensation, and America has been in love with having the same active nautical life and style ever since.

Now, with eyewear taking center stage in the fashion industry, Sperry Top-Sider is jumping on the boat. Staying true to its roots, Sperry created a line of sunglasses and eyeglasses that’s vintage Americana and is poised to make Sperry a household name in eyewear.

Every pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses in the Sperry Top-Sider eyewear collection features unique detailing that embodies the active nautical lifestyle. From the signature grommets to the iconic sailboat and the anchor and knot design, every little detail will instantly bring you back to those blissful summer days at the cape. All frames come in a Sperry exclusive sail cloth case with magnetic closure for both convenience and protection. In each pair of eyewear, Sperry gives you a simplistic classic prep style that’s paying homage to a time when happiness came from merely being out on the open waters.




World Sight Day 2014 at AC Lens

by ACLens Bob on October 9, 2014

World Sight Day 2014 at AC Lens

AC Lens encourages our visitors to support World Sight Day 2014. The theme this year is “No More Avoidable Blindness” which seeks to end blindness from curable illness and diseases around the world. The event is being held in Mexico City, Mexico this year – you can read more on the IAPB website.

Like the World Sight Day on the AC Lens Facebook page and we’ll donate $1 to the cause.


Is My Child Ready to Wear Contact Lenses?

by Wendy Cai on August 11, 2014

Being a kid isn’t all fun in the sun, running through the sprinklers and eating push pops. It can be a very stressful and trying period of a person’s life.  There are those crucial defining moments that can throw a world into complete chaos.  Exhibit A: The whole “Santa Claus” thing. Further down the list is the not so traumatic but equally upsetting visit to the dentist where he finds out he has a cavity and has to get a filling. And right on par with having cavities is that fateful day when the horrible eye doctor tells him he has to get glasses. Wearing glasses could be detrimental to his social life. Let the countdown to the day when he can make the transition from glasses to contacts begin.

There are many benefits to wearing contacts over glasses. If your child is an athlete, contacts offer much more comfort and convenience than having to wear sports goggles. The big question then becomes, “When is it appropriate for a child to make the shift from glasses to contacts?” Sorry to disappoint, but there’s no exact age. Responsibility and maturity are the key the factors. Wearing contacts comes with a lot of responsibilities and can lead to dangerous consequences if care isn’t taken. So before you decide to switch your child over to contacts, sit them down and figure out the following questions.

Do you have a child that wears contact lenses? We would love to hear how you decided when he or she was ready. Tell us in the comments!


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