IMPORTANT - If you're considering getting Halloween contacts, even if you have perfect vision, you need to get an eye exam and a prescription from an eye-care professional in order to wear any kind of contact lens. Lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch the eye or cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea. There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" contact lens.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) warn that vision loss, sometimes permanent, can result from improper use of cosmetic contact lenses. Starting July 2016 Health Canada announced regulatory changes that all lenses will be treated as medical devices. All contact lenses, worn for any purpose, require a valid contact lens prescription written by a qualified eye-care professional and cannot be sold to consumers without one.
Always ensure you are buying contact lenses, even if they are colored or special-effect contacts, from an authorized dealer such as Crescent Heights Optometry. The quality of the material used to manufacture the lenses can be inferior. Please purchase wisely, be safe and have fun.
Safely Wear Halloween Contact Lenses
It's important that you follow the safety checklist when you buy special-effects or other cosmetic contact lenses.
Visit your eye doctor for a contact lens exam, fitting and prescription (regardless of whether you need vision correction).
Buy contact lenses from a licensed Eye-Care Professionals such as Crescent Heights Optometry or an eyewear retailer that requires you to have a prescription. Never buy contact lenses from an unlicensed source that doesn't require a prescription. Doing so greatly increases your risk of serious eye problems.
Just like clear contact lenses, halloween contacts must be properly cleaned, disinfected and stored with appropriate lens care products to avoid contamination.
Always follow your Eye-Care Professionals instructions on how long you can wear your contacts each day, caring for your contact lenses, when you should replace them and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams.
Never share your contact lenses! While it may seem like a fun idea to swap special-effect lenses with your friends, sharing contacts can spread harmful bacteria and may result in serious eye health problems, including loss of vision.
Keep in mind that costume contact lenses generally are designed for daily wear only and are not approved to be worn overnight.
If you experience any eye redness, swelling or discomfort, immediately remove your contact lenses and contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. This could be the sign of a potentially sight-threatening eye infection.
At Crescent Heights Optometry Our priority is the safety and care of your eyes, if you are interested in buying a pair of Halloween contact lenses with us you will need to schedule and appointment to see one of our optometrists.
Halloween contact lenses and other cosplay lenses are soft contact lenses that are available for theatrical and novelty uses.
You can wear Halloween or special-effect lenses, even if you have perfect vision and don't normally wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, since most types are available with and without lens powers to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism.
Cosmetic contact lenses have an opaque (non-transparent) tint to completely mask your natural eye color and the center of the lens, which lies over your pupil, is clear so you can see. The lenses come in a wide variety of dramatic colors and designs (shown below).
Most novelty or costume contact lenses cover just the colored portion of your eye (iris), but special-effect scleral lenses, like all-black, red, yellow or white contacts, cover both the iris and the "white" (sclera) of your eyes to create a truly haunting look.
Circle lenses are a relatively recent phenomenon. Also called "big eye" lenses, will make your eyes look larger than normal to produce a doll-like appearance, inspired by doe-eyed anime cartoon characters which many people use for Comic Con costumes.
At Crescent Heights Optometry we now offer a wide range of novelty lenses that you can purchase in Calgary and wear safely.
Call today for more information or to book your appointment for your eye exam and lens fitting.