Decorative contact lenses are lenses people use to change the color or design of their eyes. These lenses can be a solid color, or have an image, such as a star, to change the look of your eyes, and are often used as a part of a costume.
The lenses do not improve vision like normal contacts, but are generally used for cosmetic reasons. All contact lenses, including decorative ones, are considered medical devices and require a prescription from a doctor.
Just like other contact lenses, decorative lenses must be measured to fit your eyes correctly. They are not “one size fits all.”
Decorative contact lenses sold over-the-counter are illegal and can cause serious eye problems such as:
- Scratches on your cornea
- Decreased vision
- Pink eye
If you want to safely purchase decorative lenses, get a prescription from an eye doctor that includes a brand, size and expiration date for your lenses, and follow the cleaning and care instructions your doctor gives you.
Avoid purchasing lenses from:
- Street vendors
- Halloween or costume stores
- Beauty supply stores
- Convenience stores