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Release: Oct. 2, 2002
UI eye specialist warns of potential dangers of special effects contact
A University of Iowa Health Care eye specialist is reminding users of special
effects contact lenses to wear them properly to reduce the risk of potentially
Special effects contact lenses contain images that alter the appearance
of the eyes, such as changing brown eyes to blue, or making a person's eyes
look like those of a cat. Sports fans can even order special effects contacts
lens that bear the logo of their favorite team.
"Special effects contact lenses are very popular this time of year,
especially as we approach Halloween," said Christine Sindt, an optometrist
and director of the Contact Lens Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Special
effects contact lenses can contain almost any image that patients request."
Sindt does have a few words of caution, however. All contact lens users
must remove and clean their lenses as instructed. Also, serious problems can
develop if special effects contact lenses are not fitted properly or worn
by more than one person.
"If contact lenses are not fitted properly, or are shared by friends
and acquaintances, ulcers and infections can occur," Sindt explained.
"All contact lens patients should only wear lenses that are specifically
prescribed for them, and no one should ever use any contact lenses that were
worn by someone else."
Prices for special effects contact lenses begin at $25 per lens. For more
information, contact the Iowa Eye Institute at (319) 356-2916, or visit the
UI department of ophthalmology and visual sciences online at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/ophthalmology/index.html.
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