Day 17: Theatrical Contact Lenses for Halloween
One way to really kick your Halloween look up a notch, is to use non-prescription (plano) contact lenses. They come in many different styles and can really give you that creepy, deadly look.
I personally would not use contact lenses, because I can’t even put eye drops in my eyes without freaking out. Sticking my finger in my eye, to apply a contact lenses is not going to happen. However, if you are used to putting lenses in your eyes then this may be an option for you. I have put contacts in for other people. Which grosses me out, but I will do it in a pinch.
Always buy your lenses from an eye care professional
While researching the subject of Halloween contact lenses, I came across the FDA website about decorative contact lenses. Basically it says that there is a “…prescription required Just like their corrective counterparts, decorative contacts—sometimes called plano, zero-powered or non-corrective lenses—are regulated by FDA.” The FDA also said to only purchase decorative Halloween lenses from a qualified eye care professional. And to “Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye care professional for follow-up eye exams.” Check out the link I listed earlier for more info.
A good place to start would be to check out Coastal Contacts (NOTE: I am not endorsing Coastal Contacts, but I like that they emphasize safety). They have a full line of colorful contacts for Halloween that will enhance even the most simple Halloween makeup. AND they carry over 100 styles of FDA approved, theatrical grade lenses. You might want to purchase from CoastalContacts, or at least get an idea of what style you want to request from your local eye care professional.
General info about plano contact lenses:
Some contact lenses are available in plano (non-prescription). Sometimes, patients without a need for vision correction want to change their eye color by wearing these cosmetic colored or special effects lenses.
While these lenses are considered cosmetic, “non-prescription” or plano, the wearer still needs to have an eye exam and contact lens fitting from an eye care provider because contact lenses are made from different materials, and the diameters and base curves are different sizes. What works for one patient might not work for another.
Here are some do’s and don’t from Coastal on contact lens safety
- Attend regular eye care checkups
- Wash and dry hands prior to handling lenses
- Clean, rinse and disinfect lenses after use (except daily disposable lenses, which should be discarded daily)
- Air dry lens cases/storage cases and keep dry when not holding lenses
- Insert lenses before applying makeup
- Remove lenses before removing makeup
- Replace lens cases/storage cases every 3 months to prevent contamination buildup
- Have spare lenses and solutions on hand
- Have an up-to-date pair of glasses available in case you need to remove your lenses
- Use tap water on lenses
- Wet lenses with saliva
- Reuse disinfecting solution – always discard and replace with new solution each time lenses are stored
- Sleep in your lenses, unless specifically advised to by your Eye Care Practitioner
- Switch the type of solution you use except on the advice of your Eye Care Practitioner
Images from http://www.coastalcontacts.com
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