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Reminder: Risks of decorative contact lenses

October 12, 2018

Health Canada is reminding consumers that decorative contact lenses pose health risks. It’s important to use these lenses safely.

Decorative contact lenses (sometimes called “fashion,” “costume,” “cosmetic” or “coloured” contact lenses) don’t correct vision; they change how eyes look. They are typically sold at costume and novelty shops, at cosmetic retailers and online.

All types of contact lenses, including decorative lenses, pose health risks, including:

  • cuts or scratches to the top layer of the eyeball (corneal abrasions);
  • allergic reactions (e.g., itchy, watery, red eyes);
  • impaired vision;
  • infections; and
  • blindness.