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Are coloured contact lenses safe for Halloween?

Cooler weather and changing leaves can only mean one thing… Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you’re going Trick-or-Treating or heading out to a fancy dress party, the best accessory this spooky season is a pair of coloured contact lenses

Coloured contact lenses will be sure to make your outfit extra-scary but it is important to only wear lenses that have been correctly fitted by an eye care professional. It might be tempting to purchase coloured lenses from a cheap retailer on the internet but if contacts aren’t fitted properly you are at risk of developing problems such as blurry visionconjunctivitis and even eye ulcers.

Specsavers are here to help you wear coloured contact lenses safely and with confidence. Read our guide to safely wearing Halloween contact lenses below.

What are coloured contact lenses?

Coloured contact lenses are small lenses with a particular coloured tint that either accentuates your natural eye colour or enables you to try out a completely different look. Whether you are going as a witch, werewolf or a vampire, coloured contact lenses are ideal for Halloween.

How do coloured contact lenses work?

Coloured contact lenses work exactly the same as regular lenses, but have a coloured film added to the lens. The centre is kept clear so the coloured lens doesn’t impact your vision.

How to put in coloured contact lenses safely?

Any type of contact lens can take a while to get used to.  When purchasing any contact lenses at Specsavers we will run through the best ways to get them in and out, some do’s and dont’s and make sure you feel comfortable wearing them.

Some good rules of thumb when wearing Halloween coloured contact lenses are; always wash and thoroughly dry your hands before handling your lenses, make sure to remove the lenses at any point if they feel uncomfortable, try not to wear them for extended periods of time and never share the lenses with other people as this can lead to infections. You should also never wear coloured contact lenses over normal lenses or wear torn or damaged lenses.

Can you wear coloured contact lenses without a prescription?

At Specsavers, our range of coloured contact lenses are for cosmetic or prescription use.

However, you should be wary to wear them without a prescription because, in the UK, all contact lenses, including non-prescription lenses, are classified as medical devices and should only be supplied by a registered optician. This helps to protect your eyes and avoid unnecessary damage.

Are coloured contact lenses safe for Halloween?

Prescription coloured contact lenses are a great way to accessorise any spooky outfit and can be safely paired with face paint or makeup. For hygiene reasons, it can be better to insert your lenses before putting on makeup and take them out before you remove your makeup. You might also want to avoid makeup that includes powdery or metallic eyeshadows and mascara with fibres when wearing Halloween-themed prescription contacts, as the particles can get into your lenses.

How long can I keep coloured contact lenses in for?

As with regular contact lenses, your optician will be able to give you specific advice but in general, it is recommended to wear contact lenses for a maximum of 10-12 hours per day. Make sure to remove the contacts before showering or going to sleep, especially if you are dehydrated after drinking alcohol, as they can become stuck to the surface of your eye. If this happens consult your optician immediately for advice.

Top tips for taking care of your coloured contact lenses before and after

Your optician will advise the best cleaning products to use for your Halloween coloured contacts but all reusable contact lenses should be cleaned every time they are used and will come with full care instructions. It is important to know that lenses should never be cleaned with tap water and should always be air-dried. You should always throw away your lenses after the recommended period and replace the case and solution regularly.

Where to buy Halloween contact lenses?

Specsavers is the safest place to buy your Halloween contact lenses. We have a great range of coloured contacts in hazel, blue, green and grey to suit any outfit or costume. Buying your coloured contacts from a non-eyewear professional can cause long term damage to your eyes and should be avoided. Look out for ‘CE’ marking on lens packaging as this indicates the lenses conform to health, safety and environmental protection standards.

Browse our coloured contact lenses products here.

Are coloured contacts more uncomfortable?

Coloured contact lenses should feel exactly the same as normal contact lenses. If they begin to feel uncomfortable, take them out immediately.

How to style your coloured contacts this Halloween:

Now you are ready to wear your prescription coloured contact lenses, it is time to pair them with a Halloween costume. Here are a few ideas:

Blue contact lenses

These bewitchingly blue contact lenses would be the ultimate accessory for the classic witch Halloween costume. Grab your pointy hat, wand, broomstick and trusty feline companion and you’re ready for any Halloween celebrations.

Green contact lenses

What’s scarier than a werewolf? These green contact lenses are perfect for a beastly Halloween look with a ripped shirt and some animalistic face painting.

Grey contact lenses

Get your fangs out for a spooky vampire Halloween costume. These grey contact lenses will give you that  ‘soulless’ vampire look when paired with an all-black outfit, cape and a few drops of fake blood for added impact.

Hazel contact lenses

Hazel contact lenses are perfect for a more feminine Halloween look. Why not go as a pixie or fairy this year? All you need are wings, a wand and some glitter to look scarily good.

Blue contact lenses

These bewitchingly blue contact lenses would be the ultimate accessory for the classic witch Halloween costume. Grab your pointy hat, wand, broomstick and trusty feline companion and you’re ready for any Halloween celebrations.

Green contact lenses

What’s scarier than a werewolf? These green contact lenses are perfect for a beastly Halloween look with a ripped shirt and some animalistic face painting.

Grey contact lenses

Get your fangs out for a spooky vampire Halloween costume. These grey contact lenses will give you that  ‘soulless’ vampire look when paired with an all-black outfit, cape and a few drops of fake blood for added impact.

Hazel contact lenses

Hazel contact lenses are perfect for a more feminine Halloween look. Why not go as a pixie or fairy this year? All you need are wings, a wand and some glitter to look scarily good.

Check out our range of coloured prescription contact lenses here and make sure to check out our #LoveGlasses blog for more style guides and eyewear inspiration.