Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly a “holiday” for adults to get dressed up in elaborate outfits and attend several parties celebrating the macabre. Having the most elaborate costume is often a competition among friends. Novelty contact lens can take a costume to the next level. For people who don’t usually wear prescription contact lenses, it seems easy enough to order a pair of non-prescription lenses online. You might think wearing lenses without an eye doctor’s prescription for a few hours or a couple of nights is no big deal but you could put your eyes at risk for long-term damage. Contacts are medical devices that come in different shapes and sizes and require proper care. You’re putting them in your eyes, after all. Improper handling can lead to infection, which can cause scaring and damage you can’t undo. This Halloween, take the extra time to protect your eyes. Many eye doctors offer appointments at this time of year just to fit patients with non-prescription costume lenses. It’s worth it to keep your eyes in good health so you can enjoy many more holidays to come. So when you’re thinking about the perfect costume, ask your local optometrist if novelty lenses are safe for you.