Warning - Discount Halloween contact lenses may harm your eyes
Theatrical special effect contact lenses have been around for many years and in the past were mainly worn by actors in scary horror movies such as Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire.
But in recent years, there are has been a huge rise in the availability of discount Halloween contact lenses, fuelled partly by party-goers who just have to go one better at their annual Halloween bash and also by TV shows like Twilight.
While it's possible to buy cheap Halloween contacts from as little as $20 per PAIR, the blood red contact lenses shown opposite cost $39.99 for EACH lens.Why is there such a huge difference in price I hear you ask?
Basically it boils down to quality and the manufacturing process. A quality pair of colored special effect lenses is made by sealing the color image (which gives that lens it's particular special effect) between two layers of clear plastic film. The clear film prevents any color flaking off into the eye which could cause an eye infection.
Adding extra layers of plastic means you have a thicker contact lens and thicker lenses allow less oxygen through to the eyes.
Quality suppliers and retailers will have FDA appoval to sell special effect lenses as their lenses have been wearer-tested to prove they do not harm the eyes. Discount Halloween contact lenses suppliers on the other hand, are highly unlikely to have FDA approval and consumers risk harming their eyes. Possible side-effects include:
Also, beware of sites that don't ask you to verify your prescription. This applies whether you need lenses for vision correction or not as even if you are looking for so-called plano lenses which have zero power, you MUST still visit an optician to make sure your eyes are suitable for lenses and for the correct fit.