What are decorative contact lenses?
Decorative contact lenses are medical devices used to enhance the look of your eyes. Though they only change the look of your eyes and do not rectify your vision, an eye exam, a prescription, and proper lens care are essential.
Decorative contact lenses are sometimes termed as:
- Fashion contact lenses
- Halloween contact lenses
- Color contact lenses
- Cosmetic contact lenses
- Theatrical contact lenses
Can decorative contact lenses harm your eyes?
Using decorative contact lenses may cause issues if not handled properly, just like the contact lenses that rectify your vision.
The risks of not using decorative contact lenses correctly include:
- A scratch or cut on the top layer of your eyeball known as “corneal abrasion.”
- Allergic reactions like itchy and watery red eyes
- Decreased vision
Also, if you are wearing any decorative contact lenses you got without a prescription, even if they seem okay, they still could be causing harm to your eyes.
What you need to know before the usage of decorative contact lenses:
If you are planning on wearing decorative contact lenses such as Dailies Total 1, even if only for a special event, you need to make sure that you:
1. Get an eye exam and regular check-ups: The fit of your contact lenses is crucial. A wrong fit can cause discomfort and severe damage to your eyes. Be sure to always go for your follow-up eye exams.
2. Get a prescription without fail: Your eye doctor or ophthalmologist will write you a prescription for all contact lenses, including decorative ones. The prescription should have the brand name, accurate lens measurements, and expiration date.
3. Know how to care for your decorative contact lenses: Follow the instructions for using, cleaning, and disinfecting using the solution that comes with your decorative contact lenses. If you do not receive instructions, ask your eye doctor for them.
4. Only buy contact lenses from a company that requires you to provide the prescription and sells approved contact lenses such as Hidrocor Rio: Anyone selling you decorative contact lenses must get your prescription and verify it with your eye doctor or ophthalmologist. It is also essential that you receive decorative contact lenses that match your prescription and suit your conditions and issues.
5. Remove your contact lenses and call your eye doctor right away if your eyes turn red or have ongoing pain or discharge: Redness, pain in eyes or discharge from your eyes are signs of an infection that the contact lenses would have caused. If you think you have an eye infection from your decorative contact lenses, remove them and see a licensed eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) right away! An eye infection could potentially become severe and cause damage to your eyes.
Remember—purchasing decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous. It will lead to severe consequences that cannot be treated.
There are a lot of products in the market that you can buy without a prescription, but they are probably not legal or safe. Never purchase decorative contact lenses from a beauty supply store, street vendor, flea market, novelty store, or an unauthorized store. Also, never share your decorative contact lenses or the box it comes with anyone else.