A Precautionary Tale On Fashion Contacts
“Eyes are captivatingly beautiful. Not because of the color but because of the words they hold within them.” ~Unknown
Eyesight, so many of us take it for granted and without a second thought, in an attempt to change our appearance we’ll do things that are detrimental to our vision. Such is the case of a young woman who recently filed a lawsuit due to legal blindness from the use of cosmetic contact lenses she purchased at a flea market.
Colored contacts for cosmetic use are packaged under different names (decorative, Halloween, doll-eyed, theatrical, etc.) but they all change the appearance of the iris. Here in the U.S., all contacts (corrective or non-corrective) are considered medical devices and a prescription is required for their use.
The risks associated with cosmetic contact lenses are the same as prescription contacts. Some of these risks include corneal scratches, conjunctivitis, infection, decreased vision, and as in the case of the young woman in the article, blindness.
The link to the article is at the end of this post however, I want to share a few tips to keep in mind when using contact lenses.
- Always get a prescription for cosmetic contacts
- Wash your hands before handling lenses
- Never share contacts with another person
- Only use contact lens solution for cleaning and storing lenses
- Follow the doctor’s instructions
Have a great Monday!!