FDA Warns Against Colored Lenses - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/15/03

FDA Warns Against Colored Lenses

Everybody knows that Halloween means a fun costume for trick or treating, but did you know some people are taking that a step further to include a new look for their eyes -- not make-up around the eyes, but colored lenses on the eyes.

Now, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about the risks associated with decorative contact lenses, particularly when they're picked up at a flea market or from a friend of a friend and so on.

The novelty lenses are popular around Halloween -- but if they're not used properly, the FDA says the lenses are associated with problems like corneal ulcers, infection, and visual impairment.

"I have personally treated within the past two Halloweens that we've had people with herpes infections as a result of these kind of contact lenses," says Dr. Majid Moshirfar, opthalmologist.

Trading lenses is often to blame for sharing something like a herpes infection. So, the FDA is advising consumers not to use decorative lenses without consulting an eye care professional to get the proper fit for that one person.

The FDA is also asking consumers to report any complaints about the lenses. Complaints can be made by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, or by mail to:

Medwatch
Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane (HF-2)
Rockville, MD 20850

(Click here) to read about the FDA's warning online.

You can buy cat eye lenses or even NFL emblems on your contacts from an eye care professional, but I was told at an optomitrist's office on Wednesday that they're not the disposable kind, so they're expensive -- about $150.

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