Do You Need a Prescription for Halloween Contact Lenses? (Sponsored)
Oct 23, 2019 08:44PM
By Donna Hawley
Pearle Vision Maple Grove
The answer is YES— while novelty contacts are designed for fun, they still are considered medical devices and cannot be purchased legally in the United States without a contact lens prescription.
You must see your eye doctor for a contact lens exam to have them properly fitted and prescribed, even if you have perfect eyesight and don’t need corrective eyewear.
Contact lenses — including special-effect lenses — are not a “one size fits all.”
A poor lens fit can lead to eye infection, corneal ulcer, decreased vision and even blindness. There is still time before Halloween to schedule an appointment.
Theatrical or novelty lenses are safe to wear — but only when they are properly prescribed and cared for, and purchased from a legitimate source.
Bacterial eye infections from contaminated, poorly fitted or improperly worn special-effect contact lenses can occur rapidly.
Putting the finishing touch to your Halloween costume is not worth a sight-threatening eye infection from improper contact lens use.