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How to Safely Use Decorative Contact Lenses

Decorative contact lenses are lenses people use to change the color or design of their eyes. These lenses can be a solid color, or have an image, such as a star, to change the look of your eyes, and are often used as a part of a costume.

The lenses do not improve vision like normal contacts, but are generally used for cosmetic reasons. All contact lenses, including decorative ones, are considered medical devices and require a prescription from a doctor.

Just like other contact lenses, decorative lenses must be measured to fit your eyes correctly. They are not “one size fits all.”

Decorative contact lenses sold over-the-counter are illegal and can cause serious eye problems such as:

  • Scratches on your cornea
  • Decreased vision
  • Blindness
  • Pink eye

If you want to safely purchase decorative lenses, get a prescription from an eye doctor that includes a brand, size and expiration date for your lenses, and follow the cleaning and care instructions your doctor gives you.

Avoid purchasing lenses from:

  • Street vendors
  • Halloween or costume stores
  • Beauty supply stores
  • Convenience stores

Learn more about how to safely buy and use decorative lenses.

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