Do you need a prescription for cosmetic contact lenses?
An entertainment industry artist from American Horror Story and the FDA confirm decorative contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all—and require a prescription from a licensed eye doctor. Get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist), even if you feel your vision is perfect.
Can I wear cosmetic contacts under my prescription glasses?
Yes, you can play with your eye color with color contact lenses, even if you wear glasses.
Can I get colored contacts with my prescription?
You will still need a prescription Once your eye doctor gives the go-ahead, they can provide you with a prescription, and then you can place your order. Note: this means that you should never buy colored contacts from just any online retailer, such as a Halloween store that doesn’t require you to have a prescription.
Can you order any brand contacts with a prescription?
Before the exam Before your exam, ask the doctor if they will prescribe a national brand. Some doctors will only prescribe private label lenses that are not available anywhere but from them. Contact lens prescriptions are brand specific and cannot be substituted.
Are cosmetic contacts safe?
Wearing decorative contact lenses can be risky. Wearing any kind of contact lenses, including decorative ones, can cause serious damage to your eyes if the lenses are obtained without a prescription or not used correctly. These risks include: A cut or scratch on the top layer of your eyeball (Corneal Abrasion)
Is it illegal to buy colored contacts?
By law, decorative contact lenses , whether they correct vision or not, require a prescription and proper fitting from an eye doctor. Any type of contact lens that can be purchased without a prescription is being sold illegally—and can pose serious risks to sight and eye health.
Can you put costume contacts over prescription contacts?
If you are wondering if colored contacts can be worn over prescription contacts, the answer is no. Contact lenses are not manufactured for layering and can lead to serious eye infections and can cause severe damage to your eyes.
Can I convert my glasses prescription to a contact lens prescription?
Unfortunately, you can’t use your current glasses prescription for contact lenses. While both can correct your vision, your prescription for glasses differs from a contact lens prescription in many ways.
Do colored contacts ruin your vision?
Just like with regular contact lenses, wearing colored contacts can increase the odds for eye and corneal infections, scratches on the cornea, possible allergic reactions, impaired vision, and even potential blindness. Colored contacts can slide around on the eye, which can impair vision.
Do colored lenses damage eyes?
Decorative contacts are thicker, more rigid, and less breathable than regular lenses. That makes infections more likely. If bacteria or other microorganisms get trapped underneath your contact lenses, they may cause sores called corneal ulcers. This can also lead to a serious eye infection called keratitis.
Are contact prescriptions stronger than glasses?
Because eyeglasses sit some distance away from your eyes, the prescription for glasses is typically a bit stronger than for contact lenses. This is the primary difference between the two prescriptions.