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What Are the Dangers of Wearing Non-FDA-Approved Colored Contact Lenses?

Feb 24,2023 | Unicoeye® | Colored Contact Lenses

Nowadays, more and more people want to wear colored contact lenses. This creative accessory can add extra flair to any costume or makeup look. Whether you want to add a subtle hint of color or go all out with a bright and bold look, wearing colored contacts is a fun and easy way to make your fantasy a reality.


However, with such a wide range of easily available options, it can be difficult to know which ones are safe to use. Unfortunately, some products, particularly those that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may not have been tested for safety. This means you’ll be putting your eye health at risk if you choose to wear these substandard, unregulated lenses.


As you begin your beauty journey, please keep in mind that colored contact lenses are considered medical devices. The FDA, an agency that creates guidelines for the protection of public health, regulates all colored contact lenses as prescription devices and requires colored contact lens vendors to be registered on their website. Colored contact lenses sold without FDA approval from vendors, including online distributors, may be contaminated or counterfeit and are not safe to use. We can’t definitively prove that they're always going to be unsafe, but we want to help you stay informed about the hazards associated with non-FDA-approved lenses to make sure you don't unknowingly put your eyes at risk.


First, non-FDA-approved lenses may not be made according to the same quality and safety standards as FDA-approved lenses. This means that they may not be made of materials that are safe for use in the eye or even be created cheaply, which can cause serious eye issues like allergic reactions, corneal ulcers, and eventually even blindness.


Second, lenses that are not FDA-approved might not be clean. There is a possibility that the lenses weren’t adequately sterilized and, as a result, harbor bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause serious eye infections. In some cases, these infections can lead to blindness.


Third, lenses that are not FDA-approved might not be fitted properly. They might be uncomfortable to wear or may irritate the eyes, and they pose a risk of ocular cuts or scratches, reduced vision, and other damage.


Fourth, consumers who purchase non-FDA-approved lenses may not be able to assert their legal rights, including filing product complaints and concerns with the FDA. If consumers buy non-FDA lenses, they may waste money on these inferior products and suffer eye damage. In this case, there is no way for consumers to exercise their legal rights because these products are unregulated.


Therefore, for the health of your eyes, we recommend choosing colored contact lenses with FDA approval. Once the eye is injured, the cost of treatment will be much higher than the price of a pair of colored contact lenses. We at Unicoeye offer safe, FDA-approved colored contact lenses in a variety of colors and patterns, ranging from natural to extreme. They can help you complete an amazing look and make you stand out in daily life, at parties, and everywhere in between. If you’re considering adding contacts to your arsenal of accessories, Unicoeye wants to help you get started!