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Unleash Your Inner Beast: Exploring the World of Special Effects Contact Lenses

Special effects contact lenses have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in the entertainment and haunted house industries. These lenses can add a unique and realistic touch to costumes and characters in films, TV shows, and theater productions. In this blog, we will explore the different types of special effects contact lenses, how to care for them, and the potential risks associated with their use.


Types of Special Effects Contact Lenses

There are many different types of special effects contact lenses available, each with a unique effect. Some of the most popular types of special effects contact lenses include:

  1. Color Contacts - These lenses can change the color of the eyes to create a dramatic effect. They are commonly used in films and TV shows to transform actors into different characters.

  2. Sclera Lenses - These lenses cover the entire visible portion of the eye, including the white of the eye. They are often used in horror movies and haunted houses to create a frightening, otherworldly effect.

  3. UV-Responsive Lenses - These lenses are designed to react to blacklight, creating a glowing effect. They are commonly used in nightclubs and concerts.

  4. Animated Lenses - These lenses feature moving or shifting designs that create a mesmerizing effect. They are popular in theater productions and music videos.

Caring for Special Effects Contact Lenses

It is important to take proper care of special effects contact lenses to ensure they remain clean and safe to use. Here are some tips on how to care for special effects contact lenses:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the lenses.

  2. Clean the lenses with a solution recommended by your eye doctor.

  3. Store the lenses in a clean and dry case, and replace the solution daily.

  4. Do not share your lenses with others, as this can increase the risk of infection.

  5. Never sleep in your lenses or wear them for longer than recommended.

How to Put in Special Effects Contact Lenses

Putting in special effects contact lenses can be tricky, especially for those who have never worn contacts before. Here

is a step-by-step guide on how to put in special effects contact lenses:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.

  2. Take the lens out of the case and place it on the tip of your index finger.

  3. Use your other hand to hold your upper (or lower - whichever is more comfortable for you) eyelid open.

  4. Gently place the lens on your eye, looking straight ahead or up.

  5. Blink a few times to help the lens settle into place.

How to Store Special Effects Contact Lenses

Storing special effects contact lenses properly is important to ensure they remain clean and safe to use. Here are some tips on how to store special effects contact lenses:

  1. Store the lenses in a clean case.

  2. Use a solution recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect the lenses.

  3. Replace the solution daily.

  4. Keep the case in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat.

  5. Replace the case every three months.

Always Speak with Your Eye Doctor and Obtain a Prescription

It is important to note that special effects contact lenses are still medical devices, and as such, require a prescription from an eye doctor. It is essential to follow the instructions provided by your eye doctor and to never share your lenses with others. Not properly using special effects lenses can lead to serious eye infections and other complications.

Special effects contact lenses can add a unique and realistic touch to costumes and characters in films, TV shows, and theater productions. However, it is important to take proper care of these lenses and to follow the instructions provided by your eye doctor.


A makeup artist who offers you lenses or recommends a location to purchase lenses without a prescription should be perceived as a red flag. The Federal Trade Commission prohibits the sale of contact lenses without a valid prescription. There are many factors in lenses and the types of lenses each person requires. The only person who can legally and safely prescribe contact lenses is your eye doctor. I have had a prescription for many years which is why I wear FX lenses with most of my makeup. I will not under any circumstances refer you to anyone except a medical professional specializing in eye care when it comes to lenses. Again, always obtain a prescription for special effects contact lenses and never share your lenses with others. By following these guidelines, you can safely enjoy the stunning effects that special effects contact lenses can provide.

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