With Halloween around the corner many people are beginning to think about what kind of costume or illusion they want to create for the big day! Some of the more elaborate costumes may involve wearing some type of contact lens to complete the outfit and or give that unworldly appearance a big boost. So where do you begin? What do you need to know before getting your contacts? There are a few really important things to consider, after all this is going on your eye, and no one wants to end up with permanent vision issues from a night of fun.
The first and most important thing you should do is see your eye doctor, even if your contacts do not have a prescription in them, there are still factors you may not be aware of. Eyes are very unique, like finger prints, they come in different sizes and curvatures and so do contact lenses. If the contact lens fits the eye too tightly or loosely it can cause damage to the cornea (the front surface of the eye) which could result in permanent vision issues, worse case scenario is corneal transplant or even blindness. There are also correct ways of getting them on and off your eye, without the proper training and education you could be doing major damage to your eyes and your contact lenses. You also need to know how to clean and store your contacts properly to ensure you don’t get infections of the eye, or rip your contact lenses. There are many types of contact lenses available today, made in many types of materials, some better than others for your eyes. Your Optometrist can discuss all the options with you and help you to make your Halloween costume the hit of the party while keeping your eyes safe!