Get the Twilight look with Special FX Theatrical Contact Lenses
Crazy contact lenses are a great way to make your Halloween costume perfect and theatrical special fx lenses, as worn by actors in series like Twilight and True Blood, are the best way to create that vampire look.
These colored contacts are known as sclera lenses as they cover the entire eye and are much larger in diameter than ordinary soft contact lenses.
Their effect is consequently spectacular as the white portion of the eye is not visible.
Biohazard SFX lenses
Take this Biohazard lens for instance, a true work-of-art from Vision Direct. There are many other styles on offer including Bloodlust for budding Draculas and Whiteout which, unlike ordinary sized soft lenses, turns the iris white and the rest of the eye black - spooky!
Sclera contact lenses are hand painted to order and consequently cost far more than normal colored lenses. Allow plenty of time for ordering as most styles take at least 7 days to manufacture.
You can wear them whether you need contacts for vision correction or not as they are available in both plano (zero lens power) and prescription form. Make sure you visit an optician, however, as the wide diameter of these lenses mean they aren't suitable for everyone, depending on the shape of your eye. Many astigmatism sufferers, for example, may find sclera lenses difficult to wear.
Remember that as good as these wild crazy lenses look, you may find them difficult to handle - literally! To get one in, you need to open the eye really wide, pop in the lens and then push it up under the eyelid by lifting the lid upwards...
Once you feel that the lens is sitting smoothly on the eyeball, drop the eyelid down and check that the sclera contact lens hasn't dropped out - It may take a few attempts!
Getting the lenses is out is far easier you'll be pleased to know as you just pinch them out, just like ordinary soft contacts.
I personally have never tried sclera lenses as I'd rather stick with what I know, but I do know friends that have worn them and they all say that it feels really weird at first.
So remember, if you do plan to try sclera special fx theatrical contact lenses, take time to get used to wearing them WELL before your Halloween party or you may have to take them out as your eyes are sore.
A good website to find good quality FDA approved theatrical SFX contacts is Vision Direct. They have a huge range including the Biohazard lens shown above with prices starting from $139 - that's for ONE lens! Yes they're expensive but they are custom made to order and you can be sure there won't be two people wearing the same eye color!
If you want something cheaper, they also do over 100 different styles of ordinary soft colored contacts in crazy designs starting from $14.99 per lens in both prescription and non prescription (plano) form.
Take a look at the related pages below on movie-inspired lenses like Avatar and Twilight contact lenses.