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Decorative Contacts Can Cause Serious Eye Damage, FDA Warns

Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 09:18 AM

Decorative contact lenses can cause eye injuries that lead to infection, serious eye damage and even blindness, the Food and Drug Administration warns.

The agency is using the gruesome eye injuries depicted on the TV show "American Horror Story" to drive home the point that decorative contact lenses are dangerous to eye health.

The FDA, the American Optometric Association, and the Entertainment Industries Council have produced videos to warn teenagers about the safety of the contacts.

The videos show the steps actors must take to wear the lenses safely. 

Below are several tips the campaign uses to reinforce the message that teens and young adults need to use decorative contact lenses safely:
  • Get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist), even if you think 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.
  • Buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, whether you shop in person or online.
  • 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 infection, such as redness, eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time, or a decrease in vision.

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