​Are Halloween and Colored Contacts Safe?

When used in a responsible manner as instructed by Dr. Taylor, with whom you have obtained a contact lens prescription, the Halloween and Color Contacts that we will order for you are extremely safe.

Even though Halloween contacts can really complete the dramatic character transformation that your Halloween costume requires, always remember that your eyes are very precious. Halloween contacts have to be treated with the same level of care that a regular contact lens wearer would take when caring for their regular contact lenses. NEVER share lenses with anyone else and NEVER wear someone else's lenses. When lenses are shared, microscopic organisms are transferred between the wearers and serious eye problems can result. There have been cases of individuals contracting serious eye infections after having worn costume contact lenses, but the lenses themselves are not the cause. Most times, the problems have been caused by poor hygiene, improper lens care, or sharing of lenses between friends. Always follow Dr. Taylor's instructions on care and handling of contact lenses to keep your eyes safe and healthy.

The contact lenses are manufactured using the same materials, processes, and in the same machines used to make conventional (clear) contact lenses. They are manufactured, packaged, and sterilized to the highest international standards for contact lenses and are fully in compliance with US contact lens manufacture, packaging, and sterilization regulations. The only difference is that a layer of color is machine printed onto the front surface of the lens. Because the color is on the outside of the lens, the print does not actually touch your eye. The color layer is sealed over with a thin layer of clear contact lens material to ensure that it does not flake off or irritate your eye. If cared for properly and fitted on the advice of Dr. Taylor, they are perfectly safe for your eyes and are just as comfortable as regular clear contacts.

One word of caution though, color and Halloween contact lenses should not be worn for extended periods of time, usually no more than 8 hours at a time. Because they are slightly thicker than regular contacts, not as much oxygen is able to penetrate the lens and reach your eye. Lenses worn for long periods of time can cause your eyes to become red and irritated. Most people report that they are comfortable if worn for less than 8 hours at a time. If you have very sensitive eyes, you might feel some irritation and discomfort during shorter wear periods. As with regular contacts, Halloween and colored contact lenses need proper cleaning. Always wash your hands before handling your lenses and rinse your lenses with fresh contact lens solution before inserting them in your eyes. 

​A contact lens fitting will have to take place before ordering these lenses. If you are a previous contact lens wearer and your Rx is current (within the last 12 months) then you will not need an additional fitting. If you have let your Rx expire or are new to contact lens wear, then you will have to schedule an annual exam and contact lens fitting.
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All orders must be submitted by 10/21 in order to guarantee Halloween delivery.