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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.”