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Unprescribed Coloured Cosmetic Contact Lenses: An Unsafe TrendArticle search
Contact lenses are a medical device. They need to be prescribed and dispensed by a registered Optometrist.
This case series evaluated thirteen young patients who did not follow wise procedure, and they developed severe infectious keratitis after wearing coloured cosmetic contact lenses.
A detailed history regarding contact lens availability and storage and handling techniques was taken. All patients underwent standard diagnostic microbiological evaluation followed by culture-guided topical antimicrobial therapy.
Of 13 patients, eight were male and five were female, with aveage age of 19yrs. All patients had naturally good focus, and the contact lenses were worn solely for cosmetic purposes. Seven lenses were purchased without prescription, five patients had shared lenses with friends/relatives, and one patient obtained the lens from the garbage. None of the patients followed the recommended contact lens handling and storage techniques.
The causative microorganisms included Pseudomonas aeruginosa (54%), Staphylococcus aureus (25%), and Staphylococcus epidermidis (17%), with one case of viral keratitis. In 62% of cases, ulcer size was ≥5 × 5 mm and post-treatment corrected visual acuity was 20/80 or less.
All patients responded well to topical antimicrobials, and none required surgical intervention.
Over-the-counter use of decorative/cosmetic lenses is increasing. Easy and unmonitored availability of cosmetic contact lenses can be followed by severe sight-threatening complications.
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SOURCE: Singh S, Satani D, Patel A, Vhankade R. Colored cosmetic contact lenses: an unsafe trend in the younger generation. Cornea. 2012; Feb. 28