Halloween contact lenses: How to buy and wear them safely

Thursday, 19 October 2017 by Charlotte Davis


Halloween is nearly here, which means people all over the UK are looking for the best and boldest costumes for a big party at the end of the month. For many this means purchasing a set of colourful contact lenses to match their ghostly style.

While cosmetic lenses are great for adding to your outfit, it’s worth remembering that they're still medical devices and should be used with just as much care as regular contact lenses.

Check out our hints and tips below to make sure your eyes stay healthy this Halloween.

Visit the optician first:

Although they're a bit more vibrant and fun than regular contact lenses, coloured lenses should be treated with as much care. This is the best way to make sure they don't harm your eyes or cause you any discomfort.

Before wearing Halloween contact lenses, make sure you visit your optician and get your prescription updated, even if you have perfect vision. This will not only ensure you are comfortable while wearing them, but will also massively reduce the risk of scratching your eyeball or injuring your cornea.

Always buy from a reputable source:

Your eye is an incredibly delicate part of your body, so if you're going to put in contact lenses you need to trust where they came from. Avoid purchasing cheap contacts from stores or websites that don’t allow you to input your prescription. The coloured lenses that we stock are all from the top manufacturers, so you can be confident that they are safe and comfortable to wear.

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Using your contact lenses:

As with anything medical, you should always read the instructions thoroughly before using contact lenses. Make sure you strictly follow any advice about cleaning and storing your contact lenses, and that you remove them immediately if they start to become uncomfortable or sore in any way.

Never sleep in your lenses:

It is incredibly important to remove your contact lenses at the end of the night before you go to sleep. Unless they are specifically designed to be slept in, contact lenses can prevent any moisture from reaching your eyes overnight. Not only will this result in dry eyes in the morning, it can also cause more long term effects that could actually put your vision at risk. If you're wearing monthly coloured contacts, you'll need to store them in solution overnight.

Never share your contact lenses:

Any contact lenses you wear are yours and yours alone, and not just because there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to contact lenses. Once worn, contact lenses will always carry a small amount of bacteria from your eyes. While this is mostly harmless for you, another person wearing your contact lenses could end up with a serious eye infection.

As long as you follow the guidelines, wearing coloured contacts is perfectly safe, meaning you can enjoy perfect comfort alongside your spooky style!

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