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Eye Contact Lens. 2003 Oct;29(4):196-200.

Ocular complications associated with the use of cosmetic contact lenses from unlicensed vendors.

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Division of Ophthalmology, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. tsteinemann@metrohealth.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To call attention to the unauthorized sale of cosmetic contact lenses, resulting in ocular complications. DESIGN Observational case report.

METHODS:

Retrospective, observational, clinical practice setting.

RESULTS:

Six patients (five female and one male) were seen urgently for acute eye pain and redness after wearing cosmetic plano contact lenses. None of the patients had previously worn a contact lens or spectacle correction. None of the lenses were dispensed by eye care professionals. One patient developed pseudomonal keratitis, ultimately requiring penetrating keratoplasty for visual rehabilitation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Colored contact lenses are being dispensed without a prescription or fitting from unlicensed vendors, such as cosmetics, convenience, and accessory stores. Lenses are sold individually and without care instructions. Consequently, uninformed lens wearers are experiencing acute, vision-threatening infections and inflammation.

PMID:
14555891
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