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10/29/03 - Tyler

Costume Contacts Pose Novelty Hazard

Novelty Halloween contact lenses may be more frightening than you think.

The American Academy of Opthamology is warning customers of potential hazards of the non-corrective contact lenses. A study released last week showed six patients suffering from vision threatening complications. One patient needed a corneal transplant after contracting a bacterial infection. Another was left legally blind in one eye.

The AAO is urging the government to regulate both corrective lenses and the costume lenses as medical devices.

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