9 mm SFX Custom Contact Lenses – MiscBytes Niche of the Month!

September 19, 2009

This month’s niche of the month is 9 mm SFX , a custom contact lens company which specializes in theatrical and special effects contact lenses. Their contact lenses are responsible for a lot of the cool ocular special effects we see in many, many movies, commercials and music videos, and in fact 9 mm Special Effects is the worldwide leader in custom theatrical contact lenses. Enough of this boring talk! I know you want to see some pictures. Here are just a few of the lenses which I think we could use in our everyday lives.

Imagine it’s Friday and you want to leave the office early. Extra early. How about wearing the Ebola or Virus B or perhaps Jaundice lenses? I know if I’m your boss I’ll insist you go home immediately if you look like one of these!


You’re going to the prom and want to have something extra fancy for the evening. I’m sure your date would really be impressed if your eyes look like one of these!  Or maybe you have a blind date you really want to impress.  I’m sure if you show up wearing Jaws lenses he/she will never forget you! 

A contact lens prescription is required if you’d like to order lenses from 9mm SFX.  The prescription will give your base curve and diameter, so a contact lens prescription is needed for that purpose whether or not there is a vision correction prescription associated with the lenses.   A few of the lenses are totally opaque, but those are noted as “No Vision” on the web page.  These lenses currently range from about $150-450, and with proper care they can last for years.  Why not grab some before that next class reunion?


Jacob Yap September 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm

OMG! Some of them are really scary, yucks!
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christie September 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Hi Jacob – they sure are! They have some really scary and disgusting ones. Imagine someone in the room with you and their eyes look like that. :)

Jacob Yap September 24, 2009 at 8:53 am

That will be a thriller night! :)
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Evan Kline September 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Wow! It almost makes me wish I wore glasses/used contacts and had the required prescription.
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christie September 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Hi Evan! Me t0o – I had enjoyed the fact that I don’t have to “mess with” contacts or glasses except for some optional glasses for driving at night, but these sure look like fun! Actually if we got a prescription for the diameter and base curve of the contact lenses (to make sure they fit our eyes) they don’t have to have a vision correction.

Deneil Merritt September 19, 2009 at 10:56 pm

OMG, I need some of them contacts. Those Desert Reaper contacts look sick. Wish I had them.
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christie September 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Hi Deneil! They sure do. There are some really weird ones on their site, including some with a horizontal pupil (The Goat, I think) as well as some with slitted pupils like a cat has. If you ever get some, take your picture and put it on your blog! A Halloween video, perhaps. ;)

Deneil Merritt September 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I doubt Ill be able to get them for halloween but I will make a video and take pictures once I do get them.
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Ricky September 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Jaw lense is very scary. I dont want to scare my first date. Anyway I like those innovative designs. It is perfect for halloween.

christie September 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Hi Ricky – Yes they really are innovative designs, and in fact if you have a custom design they will give you an estimate on the cost if you want to email them. Definitely perfect for Halloween. :)

Ricky September 28, 2009 at 1:24 am

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Greg Ellison September 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

I like the virus b one. I have seen people with like purple contact lenses and I think they are cool. I don’t wear contact lenses, but maybe I need to try contact lenses out. Greg Ellison
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christie September 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Hi Greg – I’m grateful not to have to deal with contact lenses on a daily basis, but some non-correction lenses just for fun would be nice. They do have some nice “traditional colors” as well as these theatrical ones. I think “Arctic Blue” is the most expensive, at $450.

Asswass September 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

Jaws and Mirrored are my favorite. The only problem is that I already use contact lenses and I put those on then I wouldn’t see a damn thing lol.
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christie September 21, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Hahaha- you’d just have to send your usual prescription in to get the lenses made for your own vision correction prescription. Then when you take them OUT you wouldn’t see a damn thing. ;)

Sire September 22, 2009 at 3:44 am

Yeah, I can see how some of those could really turn on your date for the night. Man, I reckon mum and dad could even make some of them a prerequisite for going on a date. Yes you can go but you have to wear these contact lenses.

The only thing I’d be wary about would be that someone would try on someone else’s contacts as this could be quite dangerous.
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christie September 22, 2009 at 6:16 am

Hi Sire! That might be a really good way to make sure your kids come home early from dates all right.
Oooh..you’re right. I can see where that would happen. Contact lens solution and lots of eyes and lots of fingers => lots of eye infections around town the next day or so!

Sire September 22, 2009 at 6:28 am

Christie, if someones going to come up with something weird, it’s probably going to be me :D
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Jim hardin September 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Cool contacts! I wear contacts myself everyday cause I cannot see and not too fond of glasses. These would really cool for halloween!
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christie September 26, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hi Jim! Yes, they really would be cool – especially since you wear contacts and are used to them. Wish they were less expensive, of course, but hey, if you just wore ‘em a couple of times a year I guess they’d last “forever.” Thanks for your comment, and please come back to MiscBytes soon!

DiTesco September 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Haha, thanks for the tip about these lenses that someone can use to lure us in thinking that they may be sick or something – the virus B is certainly very realistic and I will pay attention to any of my staff that tries this to escape from work on a Friday, lol. Better yet, I might just use it myself to escape from those boring meetings, hehe. Great post Christie.
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christie September 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

:D Yes, definitely you will recognize if someone is sporting Virus B or Ebola when they come to tell you they’re not feeling well. And great idea! When you know you’re going to a boring meeting, wear one of those sick ones and everyone will be sure to let you miss this one. Thanks DiTesco!

Doug Dillard September 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Uh oh…. I think I might have Ebola, as that’s how my eyes look everyday, as I am on my computer all day long and I do not get much sleep ;)

I have seen several sites carrying these type of contacts and I can definitely see how you could have some fun with them For the price though… that is a little too expensive for the limited amount of joy you will get out of them (IMO).
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Ching Ya September 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Doug, you’re not the only one. lol.. I was having the exact same thoughts. I have to remind myself to rest my eyes for awhile after long hours staring at the screen, it was so hard.
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christie September 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

LOL yes come to think of it a lot of heavy computer users seem to have a touch of Ebola these days Doug! I’m with you – that price is kind of high for such a limited thing. On the other hand it’s still better than paying a lot for a prom gown. You CAN wear these more than once and even wear them every year! :)

Ching Ya September 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Think my friends will freak out if I use the virus or ebola type! ^^ Although I do find ‘jaw’ a little amusing. Zoltan is really cool looking, so is the mirrored.

I haven’t been using contact lenses for awhile as staring at the screen makes my eyes dry pretty quickly. The pain of getting them out.. no thanks. lol.. but surely these will be some fine picks during Halloween, don’t you think?

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Doug Dillard September 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

That jaws one looks really scary to me too! I am not sure if it would look as scary if you could see the entire face… but just looking at that one eye looks freaky!
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christie September 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

Ching Ya – I agree – I do think they’d make fun picks for Halloween – or those mirrored or Zoltan might be good for when you really want to look “different.” :) Yes, I like my eyes comfortable and with nothing in them myself though. :)

Klaus from TechPatio September 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Hehe, those are so cool. I’ve never tried lenses, but won’t these affect the way you see (in a bad way, I suppose) due to the effects etc. in the lenses?

Maybe I should start telling people that I’m just wearing special lenses whenever somebody says I look tired and my eyes are red’ish because of too much computer work :)
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christie September 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

Hey Klaus, I think they just have a design on the front surface of the lenses, so it shouldn’t harm your eyes. Yes, hopefully you won’t over time develop permanent Desert Reaper markings!

That’s it – tell them you are wearing “The Programmer” special effects lenses! Tired, red eyes complete with loads of caffeine!

Tricia September 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Most are creepy – great for Halloween. I do like the mirrored ones. Interesting.
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christie September 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Hi Tricia! Yes, I can see myself wearing those mirrored ones on occasion for fun! :)

Jay - DatMoney.com September 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I am going blind and I should probably go to the eye doctor to get prescribed so I can get those mirror contact lenses… the rest of them just looks kinda creepy if you ask me. lol… well, unless I try out for some horror movie film. :D

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christie September 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Hi Jay! The mirrors might be very cool. ‘Course, Halloween isn’t that far off..

Thanks for your comment, and please come back to MiscBytes soon!

Jay - DatMoney.com September 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Halloween? Nah, I would wear it on any random day lol…

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Robert Owen September 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

The Zoltan lenses look AWESOME!!! I would wear those everyday!!
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christie September 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Hey Robert! Well you certainly can wear those Zoltans every day! I’d love to see the look on your clients’ faces when you’re trying to talk to them about work you’re doing and your eyes look like that. :D

A Vecchioni October 1, 2009 at 11:00 am

Some of these are pretty spooky. I can’t imagine what would happen if my wife showed up with sci-fi looking ‘Zoltan’ eyes. Could be kind of fun.
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Udegbunam Chukwudi October 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

This images are mighty freaky. Why would anyone want to give someone a heart attack from wearing these? I’ve been wearing Freshlook Colorblends in brown & autumn for the past 5 years now though at the moment I’m rocking my glasses for the time being cos I started seeing what I think are floaters.

It’s a good way to skip work though as you suggested. I wonder if they are difficult to wear cos unlike conventional contacts, they seem to be covering every part of the eyeball.
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christie October 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Oh yes – it would take some getting used to, wearing the “scleral” lenses.

Udegbunam Chukwudi October 9, 2009 at 6:18 am

So they’re called scleral lenses. Never knew that.
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Adam March 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

I’m a lens addict I have quite a few like hell wolf, black wolf, new moon, hellraiser…just to name a few but I don’t use 9mm , fx eyes are best and they will sell the mirrored lenses to the public, 9mm doesn’t!

christie April 9, 2010 at 11:59 am

Wow – that sounds like a fun hobby! You can always have a different look -

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