Safety Tips for Halloween Contacts
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)