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Halloween Eye Safety: Watch Out For Decorative Contact Lenses!


Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you wouldn't want the fun to end in some frightening eye damage.

Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become a popular accessory for costumes particularly with teenagers and young adults and the trend is alarming optometrists. Contacts are a governmentally regulated medical device. It is against the law to sell contact lenses without a license which is the case with costume and party stores, however obviously the laws are not adhered to. Lens manufacturers operating outside of regulations may use subpar plastics or even dangerous dyes to color the lenses. Additionally, using contacts without proper fitting and handling, can result in significant eye damage such as infection, abrasion or even vision loss.

If you do decide to wear special-effect lenses, it is essential to make an exam appointment with a licensed eye care professional. After a comprehensive eye exam, the practitioner will be able to recommend a lens that fits well and is safe for your eyes. The eye doctor will also provide necessary instructions on how to properly insert, remove and care for contact lenses.

Using contacts without making sure to take adequate measures in handling them can lead to painful infections, irritation, or more severe eye scratches or ulcers. Your eyes are something you should treat carefully and no item should be placed in them without careful guidance from a professional eye care expert.

Only purchase contacts from a licensed seller that you can guarantee comply with all FDA regulations. Even non-corrective lenses must be regulated and need a prescription. Beware of e-commerce sites, flea markets or beauty supply stores that may carry unregulated products tinted with dangerous dyes. To determine whether the store is authorized to sell contacts ask for their state license number and follow up with the Department of Professional Regulations (DPR) of the home state.

If your disguise just won't be the same without decorative contact lenses, contact your trusted optical store before making any purchase. Halloween shouldn't be a "frightful" night for your eyes. Be aware of the dangers uneducated use of lenses can be to your eyes.

Clinic Protocols and Patient Guidelines – COVID -19

We have been working diligently to establish protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe during this time and for the foreseeable future. The following protocols and guidelines have been established to ensure the highest level of sanitation possible.

Clinic Hygiene and Sanitization Protocols


Arrival to the Clinic

ONLY scheduled patients are permitted to enter the clinic. If you were driven to the clinic, please ask your family/friend to wait for you in the car. Please enter the clinic no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you arrive late for your appointment, it may have to be re-scheduled as we must keep on time to ensure enough time for sanitation between patients and avoid overcrowding at the reception area.

Please wear a MASK before entering the clinic.

If you do not have a mask, we will be offering them for a nominal fee.


Further Safety Precautions

Touchless Payment

Currently, we are only accepting Interac, Mastercard and Visa cards. If you have extended health insurance, Please inform our staff with all the details. We deal with Sun life, Great-West Life, Blue Cross and Manulife we will bill your insurance first and then charge your credit card the remaining balance.

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful to keep 2M distance if you run into other patients in the reception room. Stand on the floor decals. We are aiming to stagger appointment to avoid congregation in the waiting room.

Sanitation time between each treatment has been scheduled and we are using hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize all high touchpoints, tables, light switches, door handles etc

Practitioner PPE

We will be wearing masks, and some will be wearing face shields, gloves, and scrubs.

Paying for your treatment


Booking Appointments

Please email the clinic at or call at (604) 420-2115 for your future appointments.

24 Hours Prior to your scheduled appointment

24 hrs. prior to your appointment, you will receive your 24-hour reminder email. It will have a link to the THRIVE BC COVID- 19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The link is: IF you answer YES to any of the questions, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment no earlier than 2 weeks. This is extremely important for the safety and protection of our patients, therapist, and our families.

Upon the arrival of your appointment, if we notice any flu-like symptoms or through conversation realize that you have possibly engaged with friends/family who may have been exposed to COVID- 19, we will respectfully ask you to reschedule the appointment.

Product Purchase

Our Staff will assist you in Choosing your Eye Wear, Please DO NOT HANDLE THE FRAMES FROM THE DISPLAY. Once you have made your Frame selection the remaining frames will be sanitized before being placed on the frame bars.

These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, our practitioners, and their families.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lougheed Town Centre Optical & Optometry

Located at 9855 Austin Rd, Ste 147, Burnaby, BC V3J 1N4

Phone: 604-420-2115

We are back! We are now open to our normal business hours. Please request an appointment here or call 604-670-3329. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you, and stay safe.