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AOA Warns about Decorative Contact Lenses

The New York Daily Record notes that the Food and Drug Administration “regulates all contact lenses — including decorative ones — because they are medical devices under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” The agency has released a consumer update about decorative lenses, which “pose risks, including allergic reactions, corneal abrasion, infection, decreased vision and blindness.” FDA spokesperson Sarah Clark-Lynn says, “Anyone selling contact lenses must get a prescription from the buyer and verify it with the consumer’s doctor.”