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A recent article in The New York Times examines the popularity of using colored contacts and the possible health risks involved with wearing them. With the bright doe-eyed makeup look becoming widespread these days, colored contacts have become more than just a beauty fad. For many, it’s become a form of expression, akin to a fashion statement.
Using colored contacts is particularly popular among Asians, as YouTube makeup artists like Michelle Phan and Holly Ann-AeRee often film their makeup tutorials using colored contacts. And, we’re not just talking about turning brown eyes blue; some of the other best-selling colors include a sheer-colored pink and violet, which gives off that vampy look.

Though colored contacts may be purely cosmetic, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any risks involved. If they don’t fit properly, they can lead to scratches on your cornea. In serious cases, they can cause a bacterial infection and even blindness. It’s illegal in the U.S. to sell any contact lenses, whether they’re corrective or not, without a prescription. Yet there are many online vendors which sell colored contact lenses between $20-30, and cater to the Asian demographic as they feature Asian models wearing the different colored contacts on their sites. Though many people have bought and worn colored contacts online without a problem, it’s still best to have an eye exam and consult with your doctor before purchasing them. [via The New York Times]

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  2. Even though the risks of wearing these lenses seems rare – the risk is real. Eye health is a precious commodity – I’m sure that the lenses Lady Gaga wears have been properly fitted!

  3. Garis says:

    I used to wear colored contacts for 14 years, however just recently I had Lasik eye surgery. Anyway, I had extend wear bi-weekly disposables and never had any problems. Matter of fact – my eye-sight slowly improved over the years of wearing my colored contacts.
    Cheers,
    Garis

  4. Helena says:

    It’s good that before using contact lenses, be sure that it is prohibited by the eye specialist of a doctor.

  5. I think any danger that you will see with contacts is not if they are colored or not, but if they are properly fitted. The thing about colored contacts is that they are so cool that friends will want to trade with other friends for different colors, or just for fun. That’s where you are going to get infections happening which could cause blindness or even the loss of an eye.

  6. Sources like the one you just mentioned here will be very useful to me! I will post a link to this blog on my blog. yes, its correct that the eyes should be clean first before wearing a contact lenses.

  7. Jimmy says:

    I personally do not think there is any problem with color contact lens. Nonetheless, one should consult and eye specialist first.

  8. my room mate wears colored contacts on the weekends, ive never heard him complain about anything. I bet if you take care of your contacts they’ll be fine.

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