Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 26, 2011

Decorative contact lenses can be dangerous, doctors warn (VIDEO)

FDA: Don’t use color-changing lenses without prescription

They may seem like a fun way to complete your Halloween costume and frighten your friends, but decorative contact lenses can be dangerous, eye care professionals warn.

These lenses make the wearer’s eyes appear to glow in the dark, create the illusion of vertical “cat eyes,” or change the wearer’s eye color.

The Food and Drug Administration -- along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and the American Optometric Association – is discouraging people from using the lenses without a prescription.

These experts warn that buying any kind of contact lenses without an examination and a prescription from a doctor can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Even though it’s illegal to sell decorative contact lenses without a prescription, the FDA says the lenses are sold on the Internet and in retail shops, particularly around Halloween.

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