Buying decorative contact lenses at novelty shops or online may have consumers seeing red—but for the all the wrong reasons.
According to Popular Science, the FDA’s Forensic Chemistry Center found disturbing results while testing decorative, non-corrective contact lenses in the lab. Researchers discovered 60 percent of the suspected counterfeit lenses under review tested positive for microbial contamination. Several of the unwelcome microbes lurking on the lenses are known to jeopardize eye health, including vision loss and blindness.
As FDA-regulated medical devices, contact lenses require a current prescription. Even decorative contacts fall into this category. Retailers that advertise contacts as cosmetics or sell them over-the-counter are actually breaking the law. In an era of consumer choice, it’s important that all people wearing contacts visit an eye doctor before purchasing their lenses.
The Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety is dedicated to ensuring safe access to contact lenses by emphasizing the importance of regular eye exams, proper contact lens selection, and lens care and safety.
To learn more about the Coalition and how you can support vision safety, visit our About Us page.