Coloured contact lenses can make for an eye-popping fright with hues like zombie yellow, blood vampire or black wolf available for Halloween, but are you aware of the dangers of using unauthorised contact lenses?

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Around the Halloween season, scary contact lenses are a popular addition to create a dramatic look. It's tempting to looking for quick, easy and cheap halloween contact lenses, especially if it’s just for a one-time event. These contact lenses are becoming more and more popular, and are so easily and readily available to buy online.

Before you purchase contact lenses, there are a few things you should be cautious of, even more so when purchasing fancy dress contact lenses online. 

Contact lenses, any type of contact lens – no matter where they’re from, should always be fitted to your eye by a qualified eyecare professional. Lenses that haven’t been properly fitted by an eyecare professional can cause serious damage to your eyes, such as:

  • Decreased, or blurry vision
  • Redness
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Scratches on the cornea
  • Corneal swelling
  • Eye ulcers
  • Eye pain
  • Blindness, in extreme cases

Most people believe that decorative lenses do not require the same level of care or consideration as a standard contact lens because they can be purchased over-the-counter or on the Internet, but this is far from the truth. They should be bought and used only with a valid prescription, the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, and with appropriate follow-up care

All coloured contact lenses supplied within the UK, including non-prescription lenses, are now classed as medical devices, and should only be supplied or supervised by a registered optician.

We would strongly advise against wearing cheap decorative contact lenses from the Internet and without a proper prescription, especially if you have never worn contacts before.