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Cosmetic and Decorative Contact Lenses Wear

FDA Warns against the purchase and use of cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription.

The warning explains that all contact lenses (including cosmetic or decorative lenses with no power) should be sold only with a valid prescription and proper fitting by a qualified eye care professional.

The FDA statement goes on to report that it has received reports of corneal ulcers (serious eye infections that can lead to blindness) from the improper purchase and use of this type of contact lens.? It also warns that improperly fitted contact lenses can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye), allergic reactions, and impair visual acuity, and other visual functions necessary for safe driving and other activities.

FDA Consumer Updates

Cosmetic and Decorative Contact Lenses Wear

Contact Lenses are effective medical devices when properly prescribed, worn, and cared for.?

Cosmetic contact lens designs have been prescribed to correct disfigurement following trauma or disease for decades.

In the 1980s changing and enhancing eye color with cosmetic contact lenses became common, with several competing companies offering different colors and styles.

Recently contact lenses have been designed and manufactured to satisfy the whimsical nature of patients.? Artistic designs such as ?cat eye pupils?, bright colors, the American flag, and even sports team logos are being printed on contact lenses.

Through all of these developments cosmetic contact lenses have caused no more risk than traditional contact lenses when properly prescribed and cared for.

Doctors from the Michigan College of Optometry - Cornea and Contact Lens Service have remained abreast of these developments and have even contributed to the research on the risks to eye health and visual performance when wearing this type of contact lens.?

Based on the results of a careful Contact Lens Examination doctors will weigh the individual risks and benefits of wearing this type of contact lens with each patient.

Because of eye health, prescription, or the structure of the eye some patients may not be able to wear this type of contact lens, or may have special wearing schedule, care regimens, or other restrictions when wearing this type of contact lens.

The Cornea and Contact Lens Service has all of the latest styles available and is ready to set up an appointment for a Contact Lens Examination to show you the cosmetic options available and determine the contact lens prescription that will provide you the best eye health and visual performance possible.