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Halloween contact lenses can be scary!!

Want to look like a vampire? or show your support of your favourite professional sports team by wearing its logo on your eyes? You can do this and more with decorative special-effect contact lenses.

Special-effect contact lenses – including black contact lenses, Halloween contact lenses and other ‘crazy’ lenses – are soft contact lenses that are available for theatrical and novelty uses.

Just like coloured contact lenses, special-effect (FX) or crazy contacts can be used whether or not you normally wear glasses or contact lenses, because most types are available both with and without lens powers to correct short sightedness, long sightedness and/or astigmatism.

It’s important to note that all contact lenses, including plano Halloween contacts and any other special-effects contacts, are classified as medical devices and require a valid contact lens prescription from a licensed eye care practitioner.  Theatrical or novelty lenses are safe to wear – but only when they are properly prescribed and cared for, and purchased from a legitimate source.  Putting the finishing touch to your Halloween costume is not worth a sight-threatening eye infection from improper contact lens use. (Follow our safety checklist below)

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  • First, have an eye examination – your Optometrist will advise you on your suitability for contact lens wear
  • Only buy from a registered optical professional who will give essential advice on how long and how often you can wear your lenses, as well as guidance on handling, cleaning and storing your lenses
  • Disinfect and clean your lenses and any storage case daily in the recommended solution to kill and micro-organisms that may cause infection
  • Daily disposables should be disposed of daily!
  • Never wear anyone else’s lenses or allow them to wear yours
  • If your eyes hurt, look red or feel irritated remove the lenses immediately and seek professional advice

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