Spooky Contacts: Kelowna Optometry Clinic Weighs in
From killer zombies to creepy kitties, decorative contact lenses are perfect for adding a touch of flair to any costume. Halloween is fast approaching, and one of the top trends in costumes this year is the addition of decorative contact lenses.
Before you or your teen reach for a pair of ghoulish contact lenses this year, it’s a good idea to do a little research first. To save you some time, our Kelowna optometry clinic has answered some of the more frequently asked questions.
Do I need a prescription for Halloween contact lenses?
It may seem like a good idea to order contact lenses off the Internet sans prescription, but remember, these are your eyes! Each eye shape and size is different, which would make it nearly impossible to find contact lenses online that match your eye. Regardless of whether or not you require a prescription for eyeglasses, contact lenses are considered medical devices and should be prescribed by an optometrist at a professional Kelowna optometry office.
What risks accompany decorative contact lenses?
Non-prescription contact lenses are a novelty item and may not be sterile or safely handled. It’s important to see an eye doctor to have contact lenses properly fitted, prescribed, and handled. If contact lenses are worn that don’t meet this criteria, some potential risks include:
- Eye infection
- Vision loss
- Corneal abrasion (a scratch on the outer layer of tissue on the eyeball)
How can I get a prescription for cosmetic contact lenses?
Before a prescription for contact lenses can be made, optometrists will request an eye exam to be scheduled first. After a successful exam, the doctor will provide a prescription and contact lens options. The Kelowna optometry team will alsoS provide instructions on proper use and maintenance.
For a little more information on the purpose of eye exams, read our previous post: Why are Regular Eye Exams Important?
How can I safely wear my decorative contact lenses?
To have a safe and spooky Halloween, there are a couple things you should and shouldn’t do in relation to your newly prescribed costume lenses. Some of these things include:
- Always properly disinfect and store contact lenses when not in use
- Before inserting contact lenses into your eye, always wash your hands with soap and water first
- Never share contact lenses with another person, even family members
- If you experience any redness or eye irritation while wearing your fashion contact lenses, remove them immediately and visit your optometrist as soon as possible
- Schedule a follow up eye exam with your eye care provider after the costume season to ensure your eyes are just as healthy as they were before Halloween
Are you looking for a family optometrist that can perform eye exams and provide prescriptions for contact lenses? Come and visit the professional and friendly team at Orchard Park Optometry. We offer eye exams, a wide variety of prescription contact lenses, and flexible appointment times.