CDPH warns consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses
Date: October 28, 2021
SACRAMENTO – Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, today warned consumers of the risks associated with wearing contact lenses. decorative contacts.
“Heralded as colored, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, decorative contact lenses are especially popular around Halloween,” Dr. Aragón said. “Wearing any type of contact lens, including decorative lenses, without proper consultation with an eye care professional may result in serious injury.”
Selling contact lenses without a prescription is illegal. The right to distribute, sell or supply contact lenses is limited exclusively to licensed physicians and surgeons, licensed optometrists and licensed opticians.
Decorative contact lenses are intended to temporarily change the appearance of the eye, but do not correct vision. “Risks include infection, ulcers, decreased vision, cuts or scratches on the surface of the eye, itching or redness. If these conditions are not treated, injuries can progress quickly. In in severe cases, blindness and loss of eyes can occur,” says Dr. Aragón.
Decorative contact lenses are usually sold in beauty supply stores and smokehouses. Consumers who have suffered an injury or illness with decorative contact lenses should contact their health care provider. Consumers can report the illegal sale of non-prescription decorative contact lenses to the CDPH Food and Drug Directorate hotline at (800) 495-3232 to initiate an investigation.
For more information on wearing and caring for healthy contact lenses, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.