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Decorative Contact Lenses: Is Your Vision Worth It?

Wouldn’t it be cool to have control of our eye color?

Color contact lenses don’t only the correct vision, but they just change the appearance of the eye.  But before buying decorative lenses here’s what you should know:

• These are not cosmetics or over-the-counter merchandise. They are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Places that advertise them as cosmetics or sell them without a prescription are breaking the law.

• They are not “one size fits all.” An eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) must measure each eye to provide the lenses properly and evaluate how your eye responds to contact lens wear.

A poor fit can cause serious eye damage, including

° scratches on the cornea (the top layer of your eyeball)

° corneal infection (an ulcer on the cornea)

° decreased vision

° blindness

• Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses.  Failure to use the proper solution to keep contact lenses clean and moist can lead to infections.

You should never buy lenses from:

• street vendors

• salons or beauty supply stores

• boutiques

• flea markets

• novelty stores

• Halloween stores

• record or video stores

• convenience stores

• beach shops

• the Internet (unless the site requires a prescription)

How to Buy Decorative Contact Lenses Safely

• Get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist), even if you feel your vision is perfect.

• Get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and an expiration date. But don’t expect your eye doctor to prescribe anime, or circle, lenses. These bigger-than-normal lenses that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look have not been approved by FDA.

• Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams.

• See your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye


° redness

° eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time

° decrease in vision