It is a natural progression for makeup lovers to want to experiment with colored contact lenses. Colored contact lenses are a unique beauty accessory that can enhance any look. However, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) classifies all contact lenses as medical devices.
By law, a prescription from an eye doctor is required to purchase contact lenses. This is true even for contacts that are only for cosmetic purposes and have no vision correction in them. You can find colored contact lenses sold on the internet, in beauty salons, novelty shops, and even gas stations. However, these vendors are breaking the law and can cause consumers to seriously damage their eyesight.
Eye health issues can result if contacts do not properly fit the eye. Therefore, contact lenses must be fitted by an eye doctor to ensure the proper size, shape, and brand of lens is prescribed. Whether you’re wear contact lenses to change your eye color or to improve your eyesight, follow the tips to keep them safe and healthy.
Safety Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses
- Always wash your hands before touching your contact lenses.
- Insert contact lenses before applying makeup and take them out prior to removing makeup.
- Apply makeup less heavily close to the eye. For example, mascara should be applied only to the tip of the eyelashes.
- Buy fresh eye makeup products every three to four months.
- Avoid using cosmetics such as lash-building or thickening mascara and glitter eye shadows. The particles from such products can scratch the cornea and lead to infection.
- Do not wear eye makeup during a contact lens fitting examination.
- Contact lens wearers should have yearly eye exams to assure the health of the cornea.