I have not had a single request for this kind of contact this year. Historically these contacts get abused, and I see a lot of eye infections as a result. Many of them can be avoided by following 2 simple rules.
1. If you are re-using a contact, make sure its clean and disinfected. This means, the night before you use it, RUB/RINSE/SOAK it. BUY some CL solution! Do not keep sticking it back into the vial it came in (I can’t believe I actually had to write that!)
2. Take them out, before you pass out. A lot of times, people are out partying and get lazy about taking care of their contacts. If you are unable to properly take care of them, instead of sleeping in them, just throw them out. Its not worth the $, time and pain that’s involved with a CL related eye problem.
AOA warns consumers about risks of decorative contact lenses.
Medical News Today(10/21) reports, “With Halloween approaching, the American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor.” While the Food and Drug Administration regulates “decorative lenses as a medical device, similar to corrective lenses,” some “decorative lenses continue to be illegally marketed and distributed directly to consumers through a variety of sources, including flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons, and convenience stores.” Paul Klein, O.D., chair of the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section, emphasized that “purchasing contact lenses without a prescription can result in serious eye health and vision damage since consumers are not properly educated on cleaning and disinfecting, nor in proper removal and application of the contact lens.” He explained that “consumers who wear these contact lenses put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection, or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.” Additional “risks associated with the use of decorative contact lenses include conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reaction, and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit.”
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