Cosmetic Contact Lenses: Trick or Treat?_10.26.2021

Cosmetic Contact Lenses: Trick or Treat?

While a literal cat eye could take your Halloween costume to the next level, you may want to think twice about using decorative contact lenses without the input of your eye care professional. Like corrective contact lenses, you should never buy lenses from anyone other than a licensed professional without a prescription. 

Risks include: 

  • Cuts and scratches on the top layer of your eyeball (called corneal abrasions)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Decreased vision
  • Inflection

Avoid these risks by first talking to your eye doctor and making sure you follow their instructions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses they give you to avoid infection – or worse. If you do opt for decorative lenses this year, remove them right away and seek medical attention if you experience any redness, itching, swelling, or pain, as these are all signs of an eye infection. And it goes without saying – do not share your lenses with anyone else! 

If you’re looking for a new look this Halloween, try a new pair of glasses from your friends at The Eye Institute.