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Get that Fire in Your Eyes: Vampire Contact Lenses

Vampire contact lenses have always been popular, especially among those who’ve taken their Halloween seriously. For a few decades now, tricks and treats have been made scarier with the use of these amazing decorative lenses. Traditionally, the most popular vampire lenses have been the red ones. Their striking blood red look, coupled with a decent pair of fangs can transform the innocent looking into the devilish Count.

Pop culture’s fascination with vampire contact lenses, however, is relatively new. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles released in 1994 is accredited with bringing the phenomena on vampire contact to its current epoch. The cult goth movie was a major influence in the public’s perception of how a vampire should look like. This gave rise to lens makers fulfilling the demands of the masses by pushing out a number of contact lenses, ranging from Lestat’s acid green eyes in Interview with the Vampire to the black full eye contact lenses (called sclera contacts) seen in the more recent Underworld series of movies.

Cinematic vampires only achieved with colored contactsApart from their use for fun, Acuvue contact lenses are heavily used in theatrical productions and related thespian activities. For people with normal vision, contacts are easily available in some online stores as over the counter products, some even without a prescription. These are referred to as zero power or Plano contact lenses. For those with impaired vision, lens companies offer the same lens with different powers. In most cases, however, these lenses will have to be custom made and thus end up costing a significant bit more than their Plano counterparts.

Every vampire contact lens available in the market is a custom painted piece of art. Unlike tinted contact lenses (the ones that make your eye color look like another) which are mass-produced, these are hand painted by an artist individually, making the resultant effect quite a striking one. Since all vampire contacts are hand painted, you can get them in any variation your heart (or costume) desires. The right vampire contact and a pale getup will make you a hit at Halloween parties and the highlight of the stage.

Normally offered for sale without presenting a prescription, one should prefer to order lenses only from places that require a prescription. Since most vampire contacts are Plano, many online retailers offer them without a prescription. As an informed customer, one must prefer getting a checkup done at the local optometrist’s clinic and make sure one’s eyes won’t be harmed by contact lens use. If you plan to purchase from an unknown online store or a foreign brand, you should always consult an optometrist or cross-check the list of chemicals used to paint the lens with the approved dyes and paints list made available by the FDA. For people already prescribed lenses, a specific prescription is not needed, you just need to have an active prescription to be able to purchase a par of vampire contact lenses. If you don’t get your eyes regularly checked at an optometrist, it is imperative that you get your eyes checked before you don your darker side with your new vampire contacts.

Akin to prescribed lenses, it is essential that your new pair of contacts be taken care of and handled with care, not only for the lenses’ safety but for that of your eyes too. You must make sure you don’t keep them around after their expiry date has passed. All provided instructions related to cleaning and storing your lenses should be followed, in addition to observing contact lens solution changes at a regular interval. A mistake that first-time contact lens users commit is that they share their contacts with their friends. This is highly unacceptable. Besides being unhygienic, sharing your scary vampire contact lenses could lead to potentially serious complications of the eye. Also, swimming, allied water sports as well as fast sports should be avoided when wearing contact lenses as they might get stuck in the eye and cause pain and discomfort.

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