FDA joins eye care professionals—including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and the American Optometric Association—in discouraging consumers from using decorative contact lenses.
experts warn that buying any kind of contact lenses without an
examination and a prescription from an eye care professional can cause
serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision
loss. Despite the fact that it’s illegal to sell decorative contact
lenses without a valid prescription, FDA says the lenses are sold on the
Internet and in retail shops and salons—particularly around Halloween.
decorative 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
"Although unauthorized use of decorative contact lenses is
a concern year-round, Halloween is the time when people may be inclined
to use them, perhaps as costume accessories," says FDA eye expert
Bernard Lepri, O.D., M.S., M.Ed.. "What troubles us is when they are
bought and used without a valid prescription, without the involvement of
a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up
care. This can lead to significant risks of eye injuries, including