October 22, 2002 |
U.S. health officials warned Americans not to wear colored contact lenses being sold simply for decoration and without a prescription or a professional fitting, saying the lenses present serious risks of permanent eye injury. The Food and Drug Administration said noncorrective, decorative contact lenses are being sold directly to consumers at flea markets, convenience stores and beach shops, adding that marketing may increase around Halloween.
October 29, 2004 |
Federal health officials are warning people not to use decorative contact lenses as part of Halloween costumes. Decorative lenses sold without a prescription are illegal and can cause serious eye injury and even blindness, the Food and Drug Administration said, citing injury reports it has received. The lenses, which come in various colors and designs, have been widely sold without prescription, the agency said.
June 8, 1990 |
PPG Industries said its Chemicals Group will form a joint venture with a French firm to manufacture and market special contact lenses, forming a new company that will be headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla. PPG and Essilor International of France have reached an agreement in principle to make ophthalmic-quality lenses for consumer eye wear. PPG would hold 51% of the new company, officials said. The deal is subject to approval by boards of directors of both companies.
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February 22, 1988 |
Emory University researchers have fitted monkeys with contact lenses in a study that they hope will yield new ways to treat babies born with cataracts and other vision disabilities. The study at Atlanta's Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center involves a pediatric ophthalmologist, a primate behavioral psychologist, neuroscientists and several dozen monkeys.
June 1, 1989 |
The Food and Drug Administration recommended Wednesday that consumers who use extended-wear contact lenses or disposable lenses keep them in their eyes no longer than seven days at a time, warning that the currently approved wearing time of 30 days poses "too high" a risk of developing corneal lesions that can lead to blindness. The federal agency urged all manufacturers of extended-wear lenses--which are worn by an estimated 5 million Americans--to voluntarily relabel their products to reflect the recommendation.
May 3, 2011 |
Jay Gibbons was beginning to wonder whether his eyes would ever allow him to play in the major leagues again. "It definitely crept through my mind more than once that this was not going to get better," Gibbons said Tuesday after being reinstated with the Dodgers. He replaced Marcus Thames , who was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a right quadriceps strain. Starting in spring training, Gibbons struggled to find the correct contact lenses, especially in his right eye, leaving him unable to handle big league pitching and to break camp with the Dodgers.