Halloween Contacts Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Halloween Contacts
halloween-eye-55x55 DO
  • Obtain a valid prescription from a licensed eye care provider that includes the brand name, lens measurements and expiration date.

  • Wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.

  • Clean and store them with the appropriate multi-purpose contact lens solution.

  • Rub your contact lenses with clean fingers, then rinse the lenses with solution before soaking them. This "rub and rinse" method is considered by some experts to be a superior method of cleaning, even if the solution is a "no-rub" variety.

  • Remove contacts immediately if your eyes become red or swollen, and contact your eye care provider.

  • Replace the contact lenses as recommended.

  • Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it at least every three months to avoid contamination and infection.

halloween-eye-55x55 DON'T
  • Reuse the same solution to store or clean the contact lenses.

  • Use cracked or damaged contact lens cases.

  • Wear contact lenses when you swim.

  • Share contact lenses with another person.

  • Sleep in contacts, unless given permission by your eye doctor.


Special effects contact lenses obtained without a prescription or used incorrectly can cause serious eye damage.

Risks include:

  • Cuts or scratches to the top layer of your eye (corneal abrasion)
  • Allergic reactions like itchy, watery, red eyes
  • Decreased vision
  • Infection (redness, eye pain that doesn't go away after a short period of time, decreased vision)
  • Blindness
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek treatment from your eye doctor to avoid a serious eye infection that could cause blindness.