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Question:
Are colored cosmetic lenses safe? I had an eye injury 10 years ago and now the affected eye is discolored.  

Answer:
There are a number of FDA-approved colored contact lenses that are safe to use on the eye. In addition to changing the color of the eye for cosmetic reasons, these can be successful in helping disguise an injury as well. Be wary of unapproved lenses that enter the U.S. through illegal channels and are purchased through unusual channels, like convenience stores, that are not safe.

Answered by: Michael Repka, MD Dr. Michael X. Repka

Categories: General Eye Health

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