Decorative contact lenses - 2
Narrator: This is NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Around Halloween time, health experts fear that consumers will harm their eyes with unapproved decorative contact lenses. Part of the concern is what if they don’t fit?
Bishop: Contact lens that's too tight on the cornea will deprive the cornea of needed nutrients and oxygen and can lead to tight lens syndrome, very uncomfortable.
Narrator: Dr. Rachel Bishop, an ophthalmologist at the NIH, adds:
Bishop: A person can develop a corneal abrasion which is a scratch on the surface of the eye.
Narrator: Health experts say to get lenses only with an eye examination, proper fitting and a prescription from a licensed eye care professional. For details, visit www.nei.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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