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.

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