Non-prescription novelty and cosmetic contact lenses are worn directly against the cornea to alter the appearance of the eye. These contact lenses have no therapeutic or medical benefit. Non-prescription novelty and cosmetic contact lenses are also commonly known as coloured lenses, crazy lenses, fancy lenses and fashion lenses.
If novelty contact lenses are not properly fitted or if care instructions are ignored, they can cause cornea damage and loss of sight. Eye infections can occur if the lenses are not thoroughly sterilised prior to each use.
Even though though they are often supplied and they do not contain any optical power, they should still only be supplied on presentation of a valid prescription.
Product Safety Australia has further information on novelty contact lenses and the risks associated with them, including