Consumer news alert regarding decorative contact lenses
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Local Doctor Warns Public of Injuries Caused by Decorative Contact Lenses
Halloween Decorative Lenses Can Cause Permanent Injury
(Kennesaw, Ga.) – October 27, 2011 – A Kennesaw doctor is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn the public about the consequences of wearing the decorative contact lenses available for sale at gas stations, beauty supply shops and Halloween costume stores. Doctors say these decorative contact lenses – that are not prescribed or professionally fitted – can cause permanent injury, even blindness.
According to Dr. Stuart Tasman, a member of the Georgia Optometric Association, to reduce risk of eye injury it is important to get contact lenses from an eye care professional. Consumers should follow instructions about cleaning, disinfecting and wearing the lenses, and never borrow lenses from a friend.
Dr. Tasman is warning the public that risks from use of these products caninclude:
- A cut or scratch on the top layer of the eyeball (corneal abrasion)
- Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
- Decreased vision
“You wouldn’t buy gas from your doctor so it’s not smart to buy contact lenses at a gas station,” said Dr. Stuart Tasman, a member of the Georgia Optometric Association. “A lifetime of good vision is much more important than a cheap Halloween accessory.”
Since 2005, federal law requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate decorative lenses as medical devices, similar to corrective lenses. Federal law says it is illegal to sell the lenses over-the-counter without a prescription. According to the Georgia Optometric Association, it is a felony offense to sell contact lenses without a license in Georgia.
Recent reports from the Contact Lens Society of America say most non-FDA-approvedcontact lenses come from overseas and have not been tested or evaluated by the FDA in terms of sterility and "Good Manufacturing Practices." Some of the colors used to make these lenses are toxic and some could actually be carcinogenic.
The Georgia Optometric Association is a statewide professional organization representing over 750 doctors of optometry located in communities throughout the state of Georgia. Founded in 1904, the GOA and its members work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care services. For more information visit www.GOAeyes.com, on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/jT7mJ3 or follow us on Twitter @GOA_eyes.