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Old March 5th, 2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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So one of my friends stained his contacts one time with food coloring. I tried it tonight, and it's pretty cool. It's not bothering my eyes either. Anyone know if it's actually bad for your eyes? I rinsed all the excess coloring off of them before I put them in....

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Old March 5th, 2006, 09:40 PM   #2
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Quick googgle search yielded this:

"Don't experiment with your contact lenses by, for example, using food coloring to tint them. This is dangerous because food coloring isn't necessarily sterile."

http://www.allaboutcontactlenses.com/dos.htm
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Old March 5th, 2006, 09:41 PM   #3
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Doesn't seem like the best thing to do IMO
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Old March 5th, 2006, 09:41 PM   #5
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looks neat! good color choice! ha
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Umm....Maybe I won't leave them in for long....
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Old March 5th, 2006, 09:55 PM   #7
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So one of my friends stained his contacts one time with food coloring. I tried it tonight, and it's pretty cool. It's not bothering my eyes either. Anyone know if it's actually bad for your eyes? I rinsed all the excess coloring off of them before I put them in....


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Old March 5th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #8
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My friend has done it several times and never had any adverse effects...
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IT'S YOUR EYE'S!!!!! You only have one pair, don't be dumb. What might work for one kid may not for a other. Everybodies can and will act diffrant to things. Well I look at the bright side to this, Is people like this keep me working!
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:) I'm ok. :) I took them out. Put new ones in. :)
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I only have 50% of my vision anyway. I'm not too concerned about it getting worse.
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you can buy them colored, it is worth it instead of saving money by coloring them, just in case. I've thought about getting the colored ones instead of the plain ones. I like the look of them though:)
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you can buy them colored, it is worth it instead of saving money by coloring them, just in case. I've thought about getting the colored ones instead of the plain ones. I like the look of them though:)
I've had regular colored contacts before. They're not all that interesting. The really cool ones are way expensive too, and not covered by insurance. It's much cheaper and easier to use food coloring for the very rare occasion that you might want to freak someone out with your eyes.
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You should get some like these...

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I only have 50% of my vision anyway. I'm not too concerned about it getting worse.
I'm the same way, since i have a -8.5 for my contacts, the only way i could get worse was if i got cataracks.
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Look at #6....... It isn't sterile to add food coloring!

1) Do care for your contact lenses properly. It's risky to skip steps in your lens care routine! Use the proper care products, and never clean your lenses by popping them in your mouth!

2) Don't switch brands of contact lens care products unless you ask your eye doctor first.

3) If you wear disposable contact lenses, don't "stretch" the replacement intervals your doctor has specified.

4) Do consider more than just price when buying contact lenses.

5) If you're a parent, don't hesitate to let your teen wear contact lenses. Almost 50 percent of new wearers are teens, and most of them start wearing contacts before age 15.

6) Don't experiment with your contact lenses by, for example, using food coloring to tint them. This is dangerous because food coloring isn't necessarily sterile.

7) Do get contact lenses even if you're a confirmed glasses wearer. Daily disposable contact lenses (wear them once, then throw them out) will be perfect for those occasions when even your favorite glasses are a pain like sports.

8) Do see your eye doctor if you're not completely satisfied with your contacts. With so many advances in recent years -- like bifocal contact lenses, for example -- there may be a different contact lens that will make you a happy wearer.

9) Don't share your contact lenses with anyone, ever! This especially applies to color and the increasingly popular "novelty" or "costume" lenses. It might be fun to see how you'd look in your friend's blue or cat-eye contact lenses, but sharing lenses can spread microorganisms and is dangerous.

10) Don't take contact lenses for granted! A contact lens is a medical device. If you experience eye redness, pain, or develop other unusual symptoms, see your doctor immediately
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Another warning....

Contact Lens Alert
After receiving reports that some teenagers in the U.S. are tinting their contact lens with food coloring, The American Optometric Association has issued an alert. They warn that this can be very dangerous. Some people can have serious allergic reactions to the food coloring. Also, since the dye is not sterile, this could lead to eye infections. Furthermore, dark colors may impair vision.

"Food -colored contacts? Don't even think about it"" the Honolulu Advertiser, Ohana, p.1, June 11, 2000
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Like BigD said you only have one pair of eyes. i am pretty sure you would care if you went completly blind and then your eyes would start to wonder because you can't control them because you don't know what you are looking at....Rallye ~ i have those contacts ... they are called wild eyes, and more specifically fire eyes. they are sweet! mine have red in them as well, they looked kind of posessed, i sometimes scare myself! lol. i would recomend a pair of those. you can get just about anything
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Old March 6th, 2006, 09:14 AM   #19
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hehe, I will gaze in your eyes anytime
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My .02 is that your eyes are beautiful as they are, why change them.
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