It's that time of year again when the air starts to feel crisp, we start layering our clothes because we can sometimes experience all 4 seasons within one day, and sometimes a not-so-great day can be turned around with a Pumpkin Spice Latte (if that's your thing). For our office, it's all of those and also the inevitable questions and concerns around cosmetic or decorative contact lenses for Halloween.
We totally understand, a zombie costume can look "just ok" with just the make-up and tattered clothes. But to get that elevated "I look like an extra on the Walking Dead series" look, decorative contacts can be that final touch for your zombie costume. This can be achieved without endangering the health of your eyes with a little proper planning.
Decorative contacts are available in so many places - convenience stores, gas stations, party stores, etc. The question is, are they safe to wear? Since all contact lenses are considered a medical device by the government of Canada, they're subject to regulations whether ophthalmic or decorative contacts. You can check out this link https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/inspecting-monitoring-drug-health-products/compliance-monitoring-reports/2018-2019-decorative-contact-lenses.html Included are their results of a 2018-2019 governmental study and listed are some companies and brands which were confirmed as licensed/regulated for safe use, as well as some which did not meet federal requirements.
So please try to avoid the risk of an eye infection, corneal abrasion (or worse) this Halloween. You can do this by:
- Purchasing your contacts from a licensed/regulated manufacturer (check the link above)
- Seeing your preferred Optometrist for a contact lens fitting and to check the overall health of your eye-it's better to get the "green light" from the Dr to wear any form of contact lenses to avoid any medical issues.
- Avoiding decorative contacts listed as unlicensed/unregulated in the above link & any contacts sold to you which do not have an expiry date, instructions on use or are not labeled in both English/French.
Hopefully this helps you achieve that great cat eye or blacked-out zombie look without sacrificing your eye health.
Have a fun & safe Halloween!