Cosmetic Halloween Contact Safety

Complete Your Costume Safely

It’s Halloween season again! Halloween is a wonderful time of year of dressing up and playing pretend. Sometimes what takes your costume up a notch can be the cosmetic contact lenses that have been growing in popularity. If you’re considering wearing costume contacts this year either to a Halloween party or other event, keep reading to learn how to do so safely.

Do I Need a Prescription?

First of all, yes, you need a prescription for these fun, identity-changing contact lenses. In fact, it’s illegal in the United States to purchase contact lenses without a prescription. You need to make an appointment with an eye doctor for a contact lens exam for a proper fitting and prescription, even if you don’t usually need corrective eyewear.

It’s important to note that contact lenses are not one size fits all, not even costume or “special effects” lenses. Ill-fitting lenses can lead to infections, corneal ulcers, decreased vision, and even in some cases, blindness.

Where Can I Buy Special-effects Lenses?

As mentioned before, it’s illegal to purchase contacts without a prescription in the US so by law, your doctor must give you a copy of your prescription if you ask. This gives you the flexibility to buy contacts from any eye care professional.

When it comes to special-effect or costume lens designs, you should only purchase from an authorized source like the doctor’s office or other eye care professional to ensure they’re safe. Never buy contacts from any store that doesn’t require a valid prescription. This includes Halloween stores, drug stores, online shops, beauty salons, etc.


The cost of these unique contact lenses is usually comparable to that of more conventional colored contact lenses worn to change the appearance of your eye color. If you want a specific, hand-painted design that is harder to come by and tends to cost more.

Make sure you’re treating your eyes well and not getting stuck with any tricks like eye infections, scratches, or other issues. If you’re interested in wearing some cool costume contacts this spooky season, make an appointment with us today! Call our office at (425) 259-2020.

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