Utah optometrists issue warning on decorative contact lenses

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Left: A decorative contact lens (Source: Getty Images) | Right: Pseudomonas eye infection. (Source: Thomas Steinemann, MD and MetroHealth Medical Center)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Optometric Association is warning Utahns about the dangers of wearing non-FDA approved decorative contact lenses.

“These contacts are not safe unless they’re FDA approved and fit by a licensed optometrist,” said Ross Chatwin, OD, board member of the Utah Optometric Association, in a statement sent to FOX 13. “One way to ensure they are FDA approved is to get them from your eye doctor.”

According to UOA, the risks of using non-prescription contacts include:

  • A cut or scratch on the top layer of your eyeball (Corneal Abrasion)
  • Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
  • Decreased vision
  • Infection
  • Blindness

“The decorative ones aren’t one-size fits all and if someone tries to sell you them without asking for a valid prescription, don’t buy them,” said Dr. Helene, Clayton-Jeter in a video produced by the FDA.