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Halloween Contacts can have scary consequences

Halloween Contacts

Coming up with the perfect Halloween costume can be very exciting, whether it is a funny or scary costume.  Many people want to complete the desired look with decorative or Halloween contacts. Unfortunately, Halloween contacts can have scary consequences. Contact lenses are medical devices and should not be viewed simply as decorative or cosmetic. 

Some of the possible complications of Halloween Contacts include:

  • corneal abrasion
  • eye infection
  • allergic reaction

Are Halloween contacts illegal?

Selling contact lenses without a doctor’s prescription is illegal. If you come across a site that doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription, these lenses are being sold illegally. Many sites will state the contact lenses are FDA approved, but that doesn’t mean they are appropriate for you. Lenses need to fit well to allow for proper tear exchange and allow enough oxygen to enter the eye.

Halloween contacts have more pigments and are thicker as a result allowing less oxygen to enter the eye. The pigments in Halloween Contacts can still cause allergic reactions in some people. Some sites and shops sell non FDA-approved contact lenses. Non FDA-approved lenses may even contain dangerous chemicals that may be toxic to the surface of the eye. Some contact lenses were reported to contain chlorine which seeped into the eye after a rinse. 

Why do I need to see a doctor?

Many people think that because coloured contacts are cosmetic, they don’t need to see a doctor. Even if you have good eyesight, you still need to consult an optometrist before ordering contact lenses. Your optometrist will recommend safe contact lenses for your eyes that fit properly. Poorly-fitting contact lenses can scratch the surface of the eye (corneal abrasions) or not allow enough oxygen to enter the eye.

A scratch on the eye can allow harmful bacteria to penetrate deeper into the eye, resulting in a much more serious infection, a corneal ulcer. Corneal ulcers are very serious and can lead to scarring and permanent vision loss.

Eye infection

The risk of eye infections is higher with decorative or Halloween contact lenses. Contact-lens related eye infections tend to be more serious infections in general. This is especially true with decorative contact lenses that made of materials that don’t allow as much oxygen to enter the eye. Types of eye infections include bacteria conjunctivitis, keratitis or a corneal ulcer.


Eye infection

Signs of eye infection include

  • redness
  • swelling
  • tearing
  • Coloured discharge
  • sensitivity to light
  • Irritation
  • pain

Are Halloween Contacts worth the risk?

Don’t let one night of fun leave you with serious long-term consequences. We are not exaggerating when we say people lose their vision. A serious eye infection can lead to potential blindness in one eye. Always consult your optometrist before ordering contact lenses.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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How to put in contacts

Wearing contact lenses for the first time can be both exciting and daunting. It’s perfectly normal to be apprehensive about wearing contacts for the first time.

The most important thing is to remember that contacts are a medical device and should only be fitted by an Eyecare Professional.

If you follow these simple instructions, you should have easier time with your contact lens routine.

  • Always wash your hands and dry with a lint-free towel before putting in or removing your contacts
  • Put on your contacts before your eye makeup
  • Always change your solution for fresh solution every night
  • Change your lens case every month
  • Never use tap water to clean or re wet your lenses!
  • Start with the Right Eye
  • Never put in contacts if your eye is red or irritated

While teaching patients how to put in contacts, we notice some people became easily discouraged thinking it should be easier or faster for them to learn. Keep in mind that many people who put in their contacts without a mirror have been doing so for years! It takes practice and patience.

Watch this video below for more tips and tricks.





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Is it safe to wear contact lenses during Covid-19?

Contact lenses COVID-19
Many patients are concerned about wearing contact lenses during Covid-19. Here are some clarifications to help ease concerns during this unprecedented time.

You can keep wearing contact lenses during Covid-19, but be sure to follow these safety tips.


  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry your hands completely before handling your contact lenses.
  • Daily disposable contact lenses are ideal to minimize the risk for eye infections
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes
  • Never use tap water to rinse your contact lenses
  • If you are feeling unwell, stop wearing your contacts until you feel better. As soon as you recover, put in a fresh pair.

Can glasses protect me?

Much information has been circulating on the internet that wearing glasses can protect you against Covid-19. This is false. There is no evidence that regular eyeglasses can protect against Covid-19. You need to clean your glasses as well!

Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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Why do my eyes feels dry and gritty with my contacts?

Contact lenses Montreal

Are your contact lenses more comfortable when you put in a new, fresh pair? Are your eyes increasingly red or feel gritty as the day goes on? The lens deposits may be to blame.

Protein and lipid deposits can adhere to the surface of the lens and may remain there even with the proper use of contact lens solution. The deposits on the surface of your lenses actually rub and irrritate the inside of your eyelid. The underside of your lids can develop redness and bumps which my be permanent secondary to the deposit build-up on the lens.

Fortunately, daily disposable contact lenses are available for a greater number of patients than ever before. High prescriptions, astigmatism and even presbyopia can be corrected with daily disposable contact lenses. Book an appointment today to find out if daily disposables are right for you.