Tips on Buying Costume Contact Lenses

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As Halloween approaches, many children and adults are preparing for the holiday by finding unique costumes and accessories. Some fun costume accessories may be things like feathery angel wings, a warty witch’s nose or a zany neon wig. When you’re out shopping for costume accessories, you may consider adding vampire eyes, snake eyes or some other type of costume contact lenses to your list. Before you commit to buying any type of costume contact lenses, here are a couple of tips on where to safely purchase costume contact lenses.

Where Not to Buy Contact Lenses

Did you know that it is illegal to sell costume contact lenses without a valid contact prescription? Here is a list of places, provided by the FDA, where you should never buy costume contact lenses:

  • street vendors
  • salons or beauty supply stores
  • boutiques
  • flea markets
  • novelty stores
  • Halloween stores
  • record or video stores
  • convenience stores
  • beach shops
  • Internet sites that do not require a prescription

It may be tempting to buy your contact lenses at one of these places due to the low price, often times as inexpensive as $20 per pair. However, these cheap costume contact lenses won’t be fitted to your eyes properly and could potentially cause eye problems or vision damage.

Buy Costume Contact Lenses from a Licensed Provider

It is important to make sure you are buying FDA-cleared or approved contact lenses. Buy through a licensed internet seller or mail-order company that requires a current contact lens prescription, then visit your eye doctor to ensure that your  contact lenses  fit your eyes. You can also minimize the risks associated with contact lens wearing by following the directions for cleaning and caring for them.

VSP wants you to protect your eyes. Whether you need costume contact lenses or everyday wear contact lenses, staying up to date with an eye exam is the first step to maintaining healthy vision. If you don’t have a current contact lens prescription, it is easy to set up an appointment with your local eye care provider. Your eye doctor can provide an eye exam, talk to you about the best ways to care for your costume contact lenses and when to seek medical attention, if you should get an eye infection. Going through these steps may seem like a hassle, but your vision is worth it!


  • gena says:

    New to glasses, and will the buyer of the costume contact lenses be able to wear these regularly?

    • Angelina F. says:

      It depends on the type of contacts you purchase if they can be worn more than once. Your eye doctor can help you better understand your options and best way to care for your contacts.
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • Peter says:

    Thanks for this information, safety first!

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