Decorative contact lenses have been on the rise in popularity, offering people the chance to change their eye color or even the shape of their eye. Decorative lenses often cause injuries because they don¿t fit the eye well, unlike actual corrective lenses which are fitted by optical professionals. Decorative contact lenses are often sold by small novelty shops and over the internet. The FDA recommends that you purchase and have them fitted by optical professionals.
Injuries from Decorative Contact Lenses
Due to improper fitting there have been a range of injuries from decorative contact lenses, including minor scratches to blindness. Corneal ulcers are very common, caused by wearing the decorative lenses longer than recommended. Corneal ulcers often lead to infection and further complications. Possible injuries include:
- Corneal Edema (swelling)
- Corneal Ulcers
- Corneal Scaring
- Reduced acuity (sight)
Current Status of Decorative Contact Lenses
The FDA is trying to crack down on decorative contact lenses sold by unlicensed vendors. Most of the injuries are from improper fitting, but dangerous low quality lenses may also cause injuries. The FDA is in the process of warning sellers about improper fitting and conducting inspections of manufacturers. If you have suffered eye injuries from decorative contact lenses, you may wish to contact an experienced defective products lawyer. A products liability attorney can help you recover damages for your injuries.