Decorative contact lenses - 4
Narrator: This is NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Decorative contact lenses can change eye color or make eyes look weird – for example, give an "eye-of-the-tiger" look. And they may be a risky part of a Halloween costume. Dr. Rachel Bishop, an ophthalmologist at the NIH recommends balancing risks against the benefits.
Bishop: I do think they're fine, but I don’t think its fine to skip the step of seeing an eye doctor. They really must be treated with the exact same level of concern and diligence as regular contact lenses. They are regular contact lenses. They're just decorated.
Narrator: Risks with contact lenses can include eye infection or corneal abrasion. 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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