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Tinted Contact Lenses: Watch Their Use

This Halloween teenagers and young adults can be found chasing contacts in colors like white zombie, red vampire and sexy sapphire. Sales of contact lenses are up 20 percent, and manufacturers are targeting the youth market with wild colors and patterns like zebra, ice fire, knockouts, and red hots.

Tinted contact lenses are contact lenses that have had a dye incorporated into the lens material. This dye gives the lens a particular hue or tint, depending on the color of the dye used. Some tinted contact lenses can be used to subtly alter the natural color of the eye, while others can be used to completely “change” the color of the eye.

There are three types of tinted contact lenses:

In the words of Peter Russo, OD, director of the Contact Lens Program at Loyola University Medical Center. “Contact lenses should never be worn without a prescription from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist.”

Risks Involved

Non-prescription contacts can cause serious eye infections, injuries and blindness.

How To Prevent Fungal Eye Infections?

Tips recommended by eye doctors to reduce your risk of contact lens-related eye infections:

The American Optometric Association and the FDA recommend that you rub your contact lenses when rinsing them with disinfecting solution, even when using a “no-rub” product. A study of popular multipurpose disinfection solutions revealed that, regardless of lens type, manually rubbing the lenses under a steady stream of fresh solution for several seconds, then storage in fresh solution, killed the most bacteria, fungi and Acanthamoeba (naturally occurring amoeba) microorganisms. A report on the study appeared in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science.


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