Beware of Coloured Costume Contacts

October 6, 2020

Are you planning on wearing coloured contacts as part of your Halloween costume this year? Here are some reasons why you should go see your Calgary optometrist to get a proper prescription for them.

Halloween is one of the most fun times of the whole year. We get to dress up, don costumes, and become someone different for the night. Sometimes these costumes call for coloured contact lenses, which can be the perfect finishing touch to take an outfit from great to amazing. But contact lenses, even coloured ones, are medical devices. And they need to be treated as such. 


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Beware of Coloured Costume Contacts

Like anything in life, not all coloured contact lenses are created equal. Especially when their sole purpose is to be worn only once as part of a Halloween costume. While it can be tempting to save a bit of money choosing a lower cost coloured contact lens option, you could end up paying for it with your eye health. Here's why.

Contact Lenses are Classified as Medical Devices

Coloured or not, contact lenses are medical devices. No ifs, ands, or buts. Unlike some frameless eyeglasses that you might wear to be Superman's alter ego Clark Kent, contact lenses always require a prescription. And the prescription doesn't have as much to do with the vision correction they provide, but rather the size of the contacts themselves. So if you have perfect vision and figure you don't need prescription coloured contact lenses, think again.

Some Coloured Contact Sellers Don't Follow the Rules

Since 2016, coloured contacts have been classified as a Class II medical device in Canada. That means in order to sell coloured contacts, manufacturers must hold a Class II license and the coloured contacts must meet the same stringent requirements as the standard contact lenses you would find at your Calgary optometrist. But not everybody plays by the rules. If you come across coloured contacts at a Halloween or costume store, be sure to ask the seller if they're prescription ones. If they say no or don't know how to respond, you should probably hightail it out of there. 

Know who can help you safely wear coloured contacts? Your Calgary optometrist! At My Optometrist Calgary we can conduct a contact lens fitting exam for you so you know exactly what type of contacts best fit your eyes, allowing you to avoid any vision or eye damage this spooky season. Simply contact us to set up an appointment and let us help you celebrate this All Hallow's Eve in style!


There's No Such Thing as One-Size-Fits-All Contacts

Some less than ethical sellers may say to you that their contact lenses fit every eye type and size. This is a lie. There's no such thing as one-size-fits-all contacts because our eyeballs come in different sizes and shapes. And if you've ever tried a one-size-fits-all clothing option before, you've probably recognized how those are pretty much a lie too. If you end up buying the wrong sized coloured contacts, you could be putting yourself at an increased risk for an eye injury, or the contacts could simply fall out since they're too small. Just another good reason why you should contact your optometrist and get a prescription pair!

Always Handle Your Contacts Safely and Take Care of Them

You've gone to your favourite Calgary eye clinic, seen your optometrist, gotten your contact lens prescription, and picked out the perfect coloured ones to complete your spooky Halloween costume. Now don't forget to take care of and handle them safely! Otherwise you could end up with an eye infection. Here are some tips on how to properly handle and care for your coloured contacts:

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If you want to safely wear coloured contacts this Halloween, My Optometrist Calgary has you covered. Contact one of our My Optometrist Calgary clinics at either 403-256-0606 (Health First Optometry), 403-291-0923 (Sunridge Vision Centre), or 403-443-2040 (Three Hills Optometry).


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