The Truth About Non Prescription Halloween Contact LensesVampfangs
THEY DON’T EXIST! That’s right… there is NO SUCH THING as non prescription Halloween contacts. ALL contact lenses are prescription.
Non prescription Halloween contacts don’t exist?
You might be scratching your head wondering how this can be. Let me explain. The FDA classifies ALL contact lenses as medical devices. This applies to Plano contact lenses too. Even if your vision is 20/20, you still are required to have a valid prescription from a doctor in order to legally purchase Halloween contact lenses.
“Any person who engages in the manufacture, processing, assembly, sale, offering for sale, or distribution of contact lenses may not represent, by advertisement, sales presentation, or otherwise, that contact lenses may be obtained without a prescription.”
– FDA Website: Contact Lens Rule
Corrective & Non Corrective Halloween Lenses
The proper terminology for the lenses is “corrective” and “non corrective” also known as “Plano” contact lenses. If your vision is 20/20, your doctor will prescribe you 0.00 power lenses. If you need the lenses to correct your vision, your eye doctor will determine the appropriate strength that you need for each eye. Your needs can vary between your two eyes.
What About the “Rx” Label
We don’t use the “Rx” label to identify lenses that are available in corrective strengths because we don’t want to contribute to the confusion. If we did apply this label to some of our contacts, you would infer the the rest of the lenses we sell are “not Rx.” This would cause you to believe that you do not require a prescription in order to purchase them. The FDA doesn’t expressly prohibit the use of the “Rx” label. However, the label is misleading, causes confusion in the marketplace, and violates the spirit of the law. You will never see us use the “Rx” label for our contacts. Look for the lenses marked corrective.
Deceptive Advertising & Labeling of Contacts
You will never see us refer to our non-corrective contacts as “non prescription” since it is explicitly breaking the law. If we did refer to the lenses in that manner, you would conclude that you don’t need a prescription to purchase them. This language and tactic is expressly forbidden by the FDA in the Contact Lens Rule, and is therefore illegal.
We hope that this clears up some confusion that is floating around about “non prescription halloween contact lenses” and gives you an idea about WHY we do the things we do. As always, if you have any questions, or if we can help with anything during your research and shopping process, let us know! We are here to help!