Why Decorative Contact Lenses Can Be Bad For Your Eyes

Decorative contact lenses can be great fun at any time of the year.

You can purchase these types of contact lenses for seasonal occasions such as Halloween or you might decide to purchase decorative lenses to simply change your eye colour.

Whatever the reason, there are some facts that you need to be aware of.

What Are Decorative Contact Lenses?

Decorative contact lenses are also known as fashion contact lenses, cosmetic contact lenses, colour contact lenses, or even theatre contact lenses. These lenses do not correct your vision. They are simply used for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes such as changing your eye colour or making them look ‘animal’ like i.e. cat eyes.

Decorative contacts can be really bad for your eyes especially if they are not prescribed and/or have been bought over-the-counter. Many people all over the world, especially in the USA, ophthalmologists have warned consumers that wearing decorative contact lenses can lead to serious eye problems such as eye ulcers, conjunctivitis, or even more threatening problems such as blindness.

How Can I Stay Safe When Wearing Decorative Contact Lenses?

If you’re considering wearing contact lenses, the first thing you should do is visit your local opticians. You will need to have a contact lens consultation to see whether your eyes are suitable for contact lenses. Contact lenses can easily irritate and scratch the eyes as well as cause eye distortions such as blurred vision. If you do experience any type of pain, redness, or allergic reactions, immediately remove the contact lenses and do not insert them back into your eyes.

NEVER purchase decorative contact lenses from markets, novelty/costume shops, or street vendors. Always make sure that your contact lenses have a prescription. Even if you have 20/20 vision, you can get contact lenses with a zero-reading.

How To Care For Your Decorative Contact Lenses

At the end of your contact lens consultation at the opticians, you should always be given cleaning, maintenance and after-care advice. The qualified optician will also show you how to properly put in and take out your contact lenses. If you have any questions about contact lenses, this would be the best time to voice those concerns.

Remember: Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses.

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