Contact Lenses: What You Need to Know

In my previous post, The Eyes Have It with SFX Contact Lenses, we learned about the history of contact lenses and some of the horrors that can come from not getting them from a reliable source. Here, we’ll address what you need to know when you’re ready to take the leap into adding cosmetic or special effects contact lenses to your Halloween, Cosplay or other character looks.

With the launch of, we learned even more about them, including how to safely order, wear and maintain them. This post covers the Do’s and Don’ts along with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.


  1. Get a prescription.
  2. Wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
  3. Be gentle with fingernails to avoid scratches to the lenses.
  4. Use a saline contact solution to clean the lenses.
  5. Remove contact lenses immediately if you feel discomfort.


  1. Buy lenses without providing a prescription.
  2. Share lenses with anyone else.
  3. “Clean” your contact lenses with water or alcohol.
  4. Reuse yesterday’s saline solution to store your lenses.
  5. Wear your contact lenses to bed.
  6. Wear your contact lenses in the shower, bath, or while swimming.


Q: Why do I have to order Contact Lenses on instead of on

A: Because contact lenses are regarded as a Class ll medical device, its important to make sure that our customers are getting their lenses safely, efficiently, and legally. works with VerifyMyLenses to confirm contact lens orders with each customer’s medical eye professional to ensure safety, and to follow the law.

Q: What if I want a prescription for contacts that don’t say “RX Available” (prescription available) or vice versa?

A: If you don’t need corrective power in your contact lenses you’re in luck! All styles are available in “plano” (non-corrective), however not all styles are available with corrective power. Fortunately for those looking for lenses with corrective power, almost all of the contact lenses can have a prescribed corrective power assigned, with the exception of some Gothika styles.

Q: What if my doctor says, “no?”

A: The contact lens supplier will do their best to reach your doctor to get your contact lens order approved. If they don’t hear from them within 8 business hours (9-5 EST Monday – Friday), it is regarded as an implied approval, and your order will be processed. However, If your doctor replies to us with a solid “no,” then by law we must honor their response and cancel and refund your order.

Q: What is the turnaround time once I place my order?

A: Some orders can ship the same day they’re placed provided the eye care professional approves the prescription request quickly. For hand-painted lenses, please allow up to 2 weeks for processing while the professionals custom make your lenses.

Q: How fast is shipping?

A: You can select expedited or regular shipping at checkout for your contact lenses. Most orders will ship within 2-5 business days once the order is ready.

Q: Are these contacts safe?

A: Absolutely! The FDA has cleared the lenses we provide. They are made from high-quality materials, and the ink is sealed inside the lens so that it won’t leak into your eye.

Q: How long can I wear/keep my contact lenses?

A: The contact lenses are “daily wear” lenses and not intended for extended wear. You should never sleep in your contact lenses. If at any time during wear, your eyes should become tired or irritated, remove the lenses and clean them correctly according to package directions.

Typically, your lenses can be used for up to one year after opening the vials. The lifespan of the lenses depends upon how well you care for them and how you store them. It is recommended that you discard the lenses one year after purchasing them.

Q: How do I clean and store my contact lenses?

A: For daily cleaning, we recommend using BioTrue solution which can be purchased from a pharmacy. A prepared solution will actively clean and disinfect the lens. For storage, you should use a sterile saline solution after cleaning them with a prepared solution. This will elongate the integrity and comfort of your contact lenses.

Q: How do I put my contact lenses in my eyes?

A:  This video from Acuvue covers the basic 4 steps to putting in your contact lenses.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Check to make sure the lens is right side out.
  3. Put the lens in.
  4. Move the contact lens.

Q: How do I take the contact lenses out of my eyes?

A: Here’s a companion video to the previous one from Acuvue

  1. Clean your hands.
  2. Use your index finger to move the contact lens from the center of your eye.
  3. Gently squeeze the lens.
  4. Clean, disinfect and store your lenses!

Q: Can I use my discount on the contacts?

A: No, these lenses are exempt from promotions and discounts.

Contact lenses are easy to use and will complete any makeup look by taking it to the next level immediately. If you haven’t used them yet but have always wanted to, now is a perfect time!

If you still have more questions, feel free to reach out to us via phone, chat, or email. We’re happy to help you!

Post contributed by J.D. Kraemer

Werewolf Photo Credits : Makeup: Brittany Rose Lafemina, Model: Tim Heller, Photographer: Veronica Ibarra. ©Alcone Company