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Safety of Color Contact Lenses By Aimee Surtenich

Are Color Contact Lenses Safe? Yes, colored contact lenses are safe — as long as your contacts are properly prescribed, used and cared for. It's essential that you visit your eye care professional for a proper contact lens fitting. This will ensure your colored contacts are safe and comfortable and look natural on your eye. Just like regular contact lenses, color contacts are not bad for your eyes if you follow your eye care practitioner's instructions, particularly regarding how long you can wear your contacts and when you should replace your contacts. If you wear colored contacts only on special occasions, daily disposables are a great option.

Do You Need a Prescription for Color Contact Lenses?

Yes, you need a contact lens prescription to purchase colored contacts legally in the United States. This is true even for plano color lenses that don't have prescriptive power and are worn for cosmetic purposes only. In the U.S, all contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the FDA. All contact lenses, worn for any purpose, require a valid contact lens prescription written by a qualified eye care professional and cannot be sold to consumers without one. If you see color contact lenses being sold in a flea market, it's likely that the vendors are breaking the law. Other illegal sales of cosmetic contact lenses have been discovered in gas stations, beauty salons and novelty shops.


Always ensure you're buying contact lenses from a legitimate source; the health and safety of your eyes is not something to play around with!

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