If you plan on wearing costume contact lenses for Halloween this year, there are things you might want to know before you buy for the scariest pair you can find. There are a wide range of Halloween contact lenses out there. They vary in color, style, effect, and even price tags. But you should never settle for Halloween contact lenses that are cheap. If you are going to put something in your eye, at least go with quality. Quality, comfort, safety. These are what you are looking for in a good pair of contact lenses.
The first thing people wonder about when they see costume lenses is the visibility. Will you be able to see clearly in those things? Most costume lenses have a clear center so as not to cover the pupils, including those black-out lenses you often see in horror movies. There are exceptions, however. Halloween contact lenses with white-out, frosted, and even mesh designs do cover the iris and the pupils, so it is highly advisable to wear such lenses one at a time. Take them off if you are going to drive. You can simply put them back on once you arrive at your destination.
In addition to regular sized costume lenses, there are much larger lenses that cover the entire eye, including the sclera – that’s the whites of your eye. These types are much harder to put on, and not really recommended for first time users, since they’re quite big.
Any individual, as long as authorized by an eye specialist, can wear Halloween contact lenses, even those with 20-20 vision. If you don’t require vision correction, there are plano costume lenses that have zero power or curvature. This is why it is important to consult an eye specialist first before shopping for Halloween contacts, just to make sure that you get the right fit.
Comfort is a huge concern when it comes to wearing contact lenses. Again, this where a prescription from your eye doctor can really help. Product quality is another factor in ensuring comfort and safety. So only go for top quality products from reputable manufacturers and retailers. There are a lot of online retailers that sell prescription and non-prescription special effects lenses. Make sure you do some research before purchasing a pair.
The shelf life of contact lenses varies, depending on the product and the frequency of use. Contact lenses that are worn almost every day and maintained properly can last up to a year. But costume lenses that you don’t use on a daily basis can last up to 18 months, as long as you clean them regularly and replace the lens case at least every three months. However, there are disposable lenses that last only for about a month. They are cheaper and a good choice if you plan on wearing them only on Halloween.