Contact Lens Care and Safety

  • Will Color Contact or Costume Halloween Contacts interfere with my vision

    Will Color Contact or Costume Halloween Contacts interfere with my vision?

    The opening in the contact lenses for your pupil has been optimized in size so as to limit interference with your vision. You may however, experience some loss of peripheral vision while wearing the lenses.

    Talk with your eye care professional if you have any questions or concerns about your vision.

  • What cleaning solutions are safe for use with my Contact Lenses

    What cleaning solutions are safe for use with my Contact Lenses?

    You can use all purpose, all in one solutions which are available at your local drug store. With these solutions you can clean, lubricate, disinfect and store your lenses.

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Halloween contacts and color contacts.

  • Tips For Halloween or Theatrical Contact Lens Wearers

    Tips For Halloween or Theatrical Contact Lens Wearers

    Tips and Tricks for Lens Wearers:

    1. Follow the "Step-by-Step Lens Care Instructions" on inspecting and disinfecting your lenses for the first time, then follow the instructions on inserting your lenses.

    2. You will have far more success and satisfaction with the lens if you follow the schedule below. Your eyes need time to adjust to the lens.

    Day 1 - 1 hour of wear
    Day 2 - 2 hours of wear
    Day 3 - 3 hours of wear
    Day 4 - 3 hour of wear
    Day 5 - 3 hours of wear
    Day 6 - 4 hours of wear
    Day 7 - 5 hour of wear
    Day 8 - 6 to 8 hours of wear

    3. For your safety, always remember to clean your lenses thoroughly and follow the Step-by-Step Lens Care Instructions guide.

    4. Reaction of first time contact lens use includes: tearing, redness and sensitivity to light, itchiness, increased blinking, and movement of the lens.

    5. As your eyes adapt to wearing lenses these symptoms will gradually diminish.

    Making Cleanliness a Habit:

    Want to make the most of your contact lenses? For great vision and healthy, comfortable lens wear, keep these guidelines in mind.

    1. These lenses are for cosmetic purposes and should only be worn for 6 to 8 hours at a time, even if they feel comfortable.

    2. Never sleep or nap while wearing your lenses.

    3. Apply cosmetics after you insert your lens and remove cosmetics after removing your lenses. Water based cosmetics are less damaging to your lens then oil based.

    4. Avoid handling of your lenses for too long before inserting them or you could cause an eye irritation.

    5. Never swim while wearing your lenses. It is very likely that you will lose them and if not lost they may get contaminated.

    6. Do not get lotions, creams or sprays in your eyes or on your lenses and avoid the presence of chemicals.

    7. Never skip in lens care. Just cleaning the lenses after each wear is not enough. If you don't wear your lenses every day you must still clean them and change the solution they are stored in twice per week.

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Halloween contacts and color contacts.

  • Step-by-Step Lens Care Instructions

    Step-by-Step Lens Care Instructions

    Contact Lens Care and Instructions

    Disinfecting Your Lenses Before Use:

    1. Begin by washing your hands with a NON CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel.

    2. Open your new lens package; pour the first lens and storage fluid from the lens case into your palm.  Inspect it for particles, deposits and small crack or tears.

    3. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all purpose solution onto the lens in your palm.

    4. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds, in a straight back and forth motion. Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.

    5. Fill your case with fresh contact lens all purpose solution; place the lens in the storage case to disinfect

    6. Repeat 2 through 5 with the second lens.

    7. Ensure that the lenses sit in fresh solution for a minimum of 6 hours before wearing them for the first time, to ensure disinfection.

    8. Never use homemade solutions, tap water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.

    Inserting Your Contact Lenses:

    1. Begin by washing your hands with a NON CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel.  If any cream, lotion, dust or lint gets on the lens it can cause irritation, blurriness or even infection, also wet fingers can cause a soft lens to flatten or stick to your finger.

    2. Avoid using your fingernails, your lenses are delicate and can tear easily if not handled carefully.

    3. Pour the first lens and storage fluid from the lens case into your palm. Inspect the lenses for particles, deposits, small crack or tears.

    4. Place the lens, cup side up, on your dry index finger.

    5. Check that the lens is not inside out. If it is right side out the edge of the lens will appear almost straight up. If it is inside out the edges will flare out.

    6. Hold your upper eyelid open and pull your lower eyelid down with your other hand, to prevent blinking.  Tilt your head slightly back and look up.

    7. Place the lens onto the lower part of your eye. Release your eyelids one at a time, lower lid first, and then the upper one. This should slide the lens into place in the center of your eye.

    8. It can take a few moments for your eye to become accustom to the lens; if your lenses feel dry or if your vision is blurred blink several times or apply one or two comfort drops (eye drops).

    9. Repeat this procedure with the second lens.

    10. If you work with your lenses near the sink, close the drain.  If the lens drops in the sink, you should disinfect the lens again.

    *It is advisable to place solution in your lens carrying case and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you may have to remove your lenses.

    Removing Your Contact Lenses: 

    1. Begin by washing your hands with a NON CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel

    2. Place your index finger on the lower eyelid of your eye pulling the eyelid down and look up.

    3. Touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger and slide the lens downward.

    4. Squeeze the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger and then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.

    5. If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait a few minutes and try again.

    6. Upon removal, place the lens in your palm ready to be cleaned.

    Cleaning Your Lenses After Removal:

    1. You must clean and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them.

    2. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all purpose solution into your palm.

    3. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds, in a straight back and forth motion. Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.

    4. Rinse the lens thoroughly with more all purpose solution. Never use homemade solutions, tap water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.

    Storing Your Lenses for Disinfection: 

    1. Fill your case with contact lens all purpose solution. Place your lenses in the storage case; you must store the lens for a minimum of 6 hours for disinfection to be complete before putting it back into your eye.

    2. If a soft lens dries out, it will shrivel-up and can break easily.  A dried lens can be re-hydrated in the recommended solution.

    3. Never store soft lenses in tap water, mineral water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as there is a risk of infection.

    4. Our Halloween contact lenses will last for 3 months (90 uses) with daily wear, or up to one year with occasional use and proper care and cleaning. Our Colored Contact Lenses are designed to be two week disposable, which means that they should be replaced every 2 weeks if worn daily. They will however last in excess of 3 months with occasional use and if handled with care.

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Halloween contacts and color contacts.

  • Putting In and Taking Off Halloween Contacts and Color Contacts

    Putting In and Taking Off Halloween Contacts and Color Contacts

    Before putting your new lenses in for the first time, read "How To Care For Your New Halloween Contacts" for instructions on how to sanitize and prep your lenses before wearing them and care and safety tips.

    How To Put In Halloween Contacts

    1. Start by washing your hands with a soap that is not cream based and dry with a lint-free towel.

    2. Pour, or gently scoop, the first lens into your palm. Inspect the lenses for particles, deposits, small crack or tears.

    3. Place the lens, cup side up, on your dry index finger and check that the lens is not inside out. See tips bellow on how to tell if your lenses are inside out.

    4. Hold your upper eyelid open and pull your lower eyelid down with your other hand, to prevent blinking.  Tilt your head slightly back and look up.

    5. Place the lens onto the lower part of your eye. Release your eyelids one at a time, lower lid first, and then the upper one. This should slide the lens into place in the center of your eye.

    6. It can take a few moments for your eye to become accustom to the lens; if your lenses feel dry or if your vision is blurred blink several times or apply one or two eye drops.

    7. Repeat this procedure with the second lens.

    8. If you work with your lenses near the sink, close the drain.  If the lens drops in the sink, you should disinfect the lens again.

    • If any cream, lotion, dust or lint gets on the lens it can cause irritation, blurriness or even infection so always be sure to handle your lenses with clean hands.
    • Avoid using your fingernails when handling contact lenses.  Lenses are delicate and can tear, scratch and rip easily if not handled carefully.
    • It is advisable to place solution in your lens carrying case and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you may have to remove your lenses.

    How To Tell If Your Lenses Are Inside Out

    There are a few simple tricks that can be used to tell which is the front and which is the back on Halloween contacts.  If your contacts are inside out don't worry, just gently flip them!  Always be careful and gentle with your lenses, they can tear if nicked with a fingernail or if squeezed too hard.

    • The Side View: After washing your hands, gently scoop one of your lenses out of the storage case and place it cup side up on your index finger, as if you were going to put it into your eye.  Hold your finger up in front of your eyes and look closely at the side of the lens lens, not down into the lens.  If the lens looks like a cup with perfectly upright edges, half of a ball, or a "U" shape, it is right side out.  If the edges flair out and look like a bowl with a rim or are a fluted shape, your color contacts are inside out.
    • The Taco Test: Hold your contact lens carefully between your index finger and your thumb, cup side up.  Gently squeeze the lens so the edges are free and the lens starts to fold in half.  If the lens looks like a hard taco, with the edges pointing straight up, it is right side out.  If the edges flair out towards your fingers the lens is inside out.

    Safely Removing Halloween Contacts

    1. Start by washing your hands with a soap that is not cream based and dry with a lint-free towel.

    2. Place your index finger on the lower eyelid of your eye pulling the eyelid down and look up.

    3. Touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger and slide the lens downward.

    4. Squeeze the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger and then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.

    5. If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait a few minutes and try again.

    6. Upon removal, place the lens in your palm ready to be cleaned.

    Cleaning Your Lenses After You've Taken Them Out

    1. You must clean and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them.

    2. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all purpose solution into your palm.

    3. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds, in a straight back and forth motion. Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.

    4. Rinse the lens thoroughly with more all purpose solution. Never use homemade solutions, tap water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.

    5. Place the lens into one side of the storage case and fill with fresh solution.

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Halloween contacts and color contacts.

  • Putting In and Taking Off Black Sclera Contact Lenses

    Putting In and Taking Off Black Sclera Contact Lenses

    Before putting your new sclera lenses in for the first time, read "How To Care For Your New Halloween Contacts" for instructions on how to sanitize and prep your lenses before wearing them and care and safety tips.

    How To Put In Black Sclera Contacts

    There are two basic ways to insert sclera lenses.  Start by washing your hands with a soap that is not cream based and dry with a lint-free towel.  Pour, or gently scoop, the first lens into your palm. Inspect the lenses for particles, deposits, small crack or tears.

    1. The "Looking Up Method" - (Similar to inserting regular colored contacts.)

    • Place the lens, cup side up, on a “tripod” formed with your thumb and first two fingers
    • Hold your upper eyelid open and pull your lower eyelid down with your other hand, to prevent blinking.  Tilt your head slightly back and look up.  You can also try looking straight ahead into a mirror.
    • Place the lens onto the upper part of your eye and slide the lens onto your eye. Release your eyelids one at a time, upper lid first, and then the lower one. This should slide the lens into place in the center of your eye.
    • Repeat this procedure with the second lens.

    2. The "Looking Down Method"

    • Place a towel on the counter and set a small mirror on top of the towel.
    • Place the lens, cup side up, on a “tripod” formed with your thumb and first two fingers
    • Fill the bowl of the lens with saline or the rinsing solution recommended by your eye care provider. Bend your head over the mirror and tuck your chin down toward your chest so that your face is parallel to the floor.  It may seem like you are nearly standing on your head when you’re in the correct position to apply the lens.
    • Hold your upper eye lid open with the index finger of your free hand. Hold your lower eye lid open with your thumb and keep both of your eyes open as wide as possible. Look into the mirror as you place the sclera lens directly on the surface of your eye. Slowly let go of the upper lid and then the lower lid.
    • Repeat this procedure with the second lens.

    Safely Removing Sclera Contacts

    1. Start by washing your hands with a soap that is not cream based and dry with a lint-free towel.

    2. Place your index finger on the lower eyelid of your eye pulling the eyelid down and look up.

    3. Touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger and slide the lens downward.

    4. Squeeze the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger and then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.

    5. If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait a few minutes and try again.

    6. Upon removal, place the lens in your palm ready to be cleaned.

    Cleaning Your Sclera Lenses After You've Taken Them Out

    1. You must clean and disinfect your sclera lenses each time you remove them.

    2. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all purpose solution into your palm.

    3. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds, in a straight back and forth motion. Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.

    4. Rinse the lens thoroughly with more all purpose solution. Never use homemade solutions, tap water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.

    5. Place the lens into one side of the storage case and fill with fresh solution.  Make sure you have a storage case that is big enough to fit your scleras.  Sclera lenses are bigger than regular contact lenses and are often too big for regular lens cases.  You can also use the glass vials the scleras come in to store them in.

    Tips for the Wear and Care of Sclera Contacts

    1. It can take a few moments for your eye to become accustom to the lens; if your lenses feel dry or if your vision is blurred blink several times or apply one or two eye drops.

    2. If you work with your lenses near the sink, close the drain.  If the lens drops in the sink, you should disinfect the lens again.

    3. If any cream, lotion, dust or lint gets on the lens it can cause irritation, blurriness or even infection so always be sure to handle your lenses with clean hands.

    4. Avoid using your fingernails when handling contact lenses.  Lenses are delicate and can tear, scratch and rip easily if not handled carefully.

    5. It is advisable to place solution in your lens carrying case and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you may have to remove your lenses.

    6. It is advisable to wear your sclera contact lenses for no longer than 3 to 4 hours at a time, especially if you are not used to wearing contact lenses.

    7. If your eyes feel dry during or after wearing contact lenses use rewetting drops to lubricate your eyes. This is especially important for full black contact lenses as they cover a larger portion of your eyes. Which means less oxygen can reach it and they will feel dry faster than when wearing regular contact lenses.

    8. Sclera contacts are designed to fit most eyes, however some people will find them uncomfortable, too small or too big.

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on sclera lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Sclera Contacts, Halloween Contacts and Color Contacts.

  • How To Tell If Your Halloween Contacts Are Inside Out

    How To Tell If Your Halloween Contacts Are Inside Out

    How to know if your Halloween contacts are inside out

    There are a few simple tricks that can be used to tell which is the front and which is the back on color contacts.  Putting a contact lens on inside out will feel uncomfortable but it won't harm your eyes, the lenses might even pop out of your eyes because they are not fitting snugly.

    Before putting in or handling your color contacts, you should immediately get into the habit of handling and cleaning your lenses properly.  Begin by washing your hands with a non-cream-based soap and drying with a lint-free towel.  Follow our Step-by-Step Contact Lens Care and Instructions for details on how to disinfect, insert, remove, clean and store your lenses.

    Is My Contact Lens Inside Out - The Side View

    • After washing your hands, gently scoop one of your lenses out of the storage case and place it cup side up on your index finger, as if you were going to put it into your eye.  Hold your finger up in front of your eyes and look closely at the side of the lens lens, not down into the lens.  If the lens looks like a cup with perfectly upright edges, half of a ball, or a "U" shape, it is right side out.  If the edges flair out and look like a bowl with a rim or are a fluted shape, your color contacts are inside out.

    Is My Contact Lens Inside Out - The Taco Test

    • Hold your contact lens carefully between your index finger and your thumb, cup side up.  Gently squeeze the lens so the edges are free and the lens starts to fold in half.  If the lens looks like a hard taco, with the edges pointing straight up, it is right side out.  If the edges flair out towards your fingers the lens is inside out.

    If your color contacts are inside out don't worry, just gently flip them!  Always be careful and gentle with your lenses, they can tear if nicked with a fingernail or if squeezed too hard.  It can be tricky at first to tell which is the front and which is the back of a colored contact lens but the more you wear your lenses the easier it will get for you to tell.

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Halloween contacts and color contacts.

  • How long will my Halloween Contact Lenses last

    How long will my Halloween Contact Lenses last?

    Our Halloween contact lenses will last for 3 months (90 uses) with daily wear, or up to one year with occasional use and proper care and cleaning.

    Our Colored contact lenses are designed to be two week disposables, which means that they should be replaced every 2 weeks if worn daily. They will however last in excess of 3 months with occasional use and if handled with care.

    The recommended replacement is listed on each product page under Additional Information.

    Follow our Step-By-Step Lens Care Instructions to optimize the life of your lenses.

  • Halloween Contact Lens Safety

    Halloween Contact Lens Safety

    Contact Lens Safety

    Some consumers ignore the consequences of improper lens care, not wanting to take the time to clean their lenses thoroughly.  However, taking care of your Halloween Contacts before, after and in between uses should be your first order of business. This is not only essential for keeping the lenses in top condition, free of wear and tear, but more importantly vital for the health and well-being of your eyes. Failing to follow a proper cleaning protocol may put you at risk for a host of eye infections, some of which can be very serious and possibly result in blindness.

    With the proper instructions and a few supplies, contact lens care is a simple task that will allow you to enjoy your new lenses as long as possible.

    Basic maintenance of your Halloween contacts includes four easy-to-follow steps:

    • Prepare: Wash your hands to remove dirt and germs that could contaminate your eyes; avoid moisturizing or cream-based soaps as they are not good for colored contacts. Dry with a clean, lint-free towel.
    • Clean: Avoiding your fingernails, remove one contact lens and clean it in the solution product recommended by your eye care professional. Place a few drops of the solution into the palm of your hand and gently rub lens with index finger to remove debris. Add more solution and flip over lens to repeat process.
    • Rinse: Rinse lens with more solution to wash away dirt and build-up; don’t skimp on this step. Also, never use water from the tap as a rinsing agent as it contains micro-organisms that could cause an unwanted infection.
    • Disinfect: Store your Halloween contact lens in a clean case that has been filled with fresh solution to begin the disinfection process. “Topping off” your lens case with a bit of solution is like mixing clean with dirty; don’t do it! Allow your contact lenses to disinfect in the solution for the full amount of time, often 6 hours or longer, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

    Following these simple steps will keep your contact lenses sterile and clean for your next wearing. These basic care instructions will remove build-up, cosmetics, allergens and other debris that can muck up your lenses, making them uncomfortable to wear. When you follow the steps you will be happy with your contact lenses and they will be happy with you!

    Other good lens wearing habits

    • Limit wearing for 6 to 8 hours at a time; do not wear them for napping or sleeping. Even if the contact lenses are not bothering you, your eyes still need time to get fresh air and rest.
    • When applying makeup, insert your cleaned lenses after you have fixed yourself up; use water-based cosmetics rather than oil-based cosmetics when at all possible.
    • When washing your face at night, do so after you have first removed, cleaned and disinfected your contact lenses according to the directions.
    • Click Here for Step-by-Step Lens Care and Instructions
    • Click Here for Tips for First Time Lens Wearers

    * These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your Halloween contacts and color contacts.

  • Can I wear my colored contact lenses over my standard prescription contact

    Can I wear my colored contact lenses over my standard prescription contacts?

    NO!

    Contact lenses are not manufactured for layering, severe damage to your eyes and cornea scratching may occur that may result in serious infections. If you require a prescription there are many colored, theatrical and Halloween contacts available with a Power (prescription).  For your safety, consult a licensed optometrist for proper lens use and care.

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