Trick or Treat: Beware of Decorative Contact Lens

Colored or decorative contact lens pose a risk to the health of your eyes. Before using consider:

1: They are not cosmetics or over-the-counter merchandise.

2: They are not “one size fits all.”

Since contact lens are medical devices, advertisements to the contrary are illegal. Failure to be properly fitted, maintained, and moistened could lead to:

Bernard Lepri, O.D., M.S., M.Ed., an optometrist at FDA. “Bacterial infections can be extremely rapid, result in corneal ulcers, and cause blindness-sometimes within as little as 24 hours if not diagnosed and treated promptly.”

“The problem isn’t with the decorative contacts themselves,” adds Lepri. “It’s the way people use them improperly-without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care.”


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