Are Halloween contact lenses safe?

Here's everything you need to know about October's hottest trend...

halloween contact lenses

by Jade Moscrop |

Halloween is approaching fast, which means it’s time to figure out which ghoulish character you’ll be for this year’s celebrations.

Will you take inspiration from pop culture references or the biggest TV and movie releases of the year? Do you prefer to keep it old school, opting for a creepy witch or zombie? Or is a minimal costume, like cat ears and a spooky tee, more your deal?

Whatever you love to do, there’s nothing like a pair of coloured contact lenses to add a new level of dedication to your Halloween offering, especially if you're throwing a huge party. However, sticking any old thing in your eye is dangerous and should definitely be avoided. Unsure what to look for when buying online? We’ve put together some handy tips to ensure you look cool AF but don’t put yourself (and your eyesight) in trouble.

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You might not know this, but it’s actually illegal to sell contact lenses without the supervision of a registered professional, like an optometrist or dispensing optician. It’s worth doing your research before you jump in and purchase the first pair you see.

Any contact lens that hasn’t been fitted by a professional can cause an array of issues for your eyes. Things like allergic reactions, infections, irritation, vision issues and even blindness can occur if you aren’t careful. Here are some points to keep in mind.

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Top tips for Halloween coloured contact lenses

1. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. For a product to be sold at a heavily discounted price, it usually means that the quality will be lacking. Avoid buying from sellers or websites that give minimal information about the product and have very few reviews.

2. Always look for the ‘CE’ marking on the packaging as this means that the product meets the health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

3. If your lenses feel uncomfortable, itchy or cause irritation, take them out immediately.

4. Get clued up on handling your lenses, cleaning them and any other instructions that come with the product.

5. Never wear lenses if they are damaged or broken, and don’t wear lenses that have been worn by someone else.

6. Don’t wear them for long periods of time and don’t fall asleep in them.

7. Invest some time to learn the proper cleaning techniques and hygiene steps you should take to minimise infection or irritation.

8. Get yourself some cleaning fluid and the correct storage for your lenses, even if you plan on only wearing them once.

9. If you haven’t worn contact lenses before, seek professional advice before you use them.

If in doubt, speak to your local optician, who can advise you on the best course of action.

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