Halloween is synonymous with costumes, makeup, and accessories that transform us into fantastical characters, allowing us to embody something (or someone) entirely different for a night. One such accessory that has grown in popularity over the years is Halloween contact lenses. From cat eyes to zombie looks, these lenses can dramatically enhance a costume. However, behind the allure of these transformative lenses lurk some genuine dangers. Here’s what you need to know.
The Risk of Infection
One of the most severe risks associated with decorative contact lenses is the potential for eye infections. These infections can be painful and, in some cases, may lead to permanent vision loss.
Unregulated contact lenses may not have been manufactured under sanitary conditions, leading to the possibility of harmful bacteria present on the lens
The surface of the eye is delicate. Decorative lenses that are not fitted correctly or are of poor quality might scratch the cornea, leading to corneal abrasions. This can cause redness, light sensitivity, and even vision disturbances.
Reduced Oxygen Supply
Some Halloween contact lenses may not be as permeable as prescription lenses. This means they might not allow enough oxygen to pass through to the eye. Reduced oxygen can lead to complications such as corneal swelling and infections.
You might be allergic to the lens material or any solutions that accompany them. This can lead to itching, redness, discharge, and general discomfort.
Some decorative lenses are not designed with clarity in mind. This can distort or obscure vision, leading to accidents or difficulties in navigating environments, especially in the dim lighting often associated with Halloween events.
Tips for Safe Usage
If you’re set on using decorative contact lenses for Halloween, it’s essential to be aware and take precautions:
Consult with an Optometrist
Always consult with an eye care professional before using any contact lenses. They can provide a proper fitting and prescribe lenses that are safe for use.
Buy from Reputable Sources
Never buy contact lenses from costume stores, beauty salons, street vendors, or any source that doesn’t require a prescription.
Follow Proper Hygiene
Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Follow guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing them.
Never Share Lenses
It might be tempting to share your cool lenses with a friend, but doing so can spread bacteria and infections.
Know the Warning Signs
If you experience any discomfort, redness, excessive tearing, or vision changes, remove the lenses immediately and consult with an optometrist.
While Halloween contact lenses can be a fun accessory to enhance your spooky look, it’s essential to treat them with the same care and caution as regular prescription lenses. Remember, your vision is irreplaceable. Always prioritise the health and safety of your eyes, no matter how tempting those vampire lenses might be.