The truth is that the lack of approval specifically from the US FDA doesn’t necessarily mean a pair of contacts is unsafe. In most cases, technicalities like the size of the lens rather than a lack of safety are the main reasons for disapproval.
You Get What You Pay For
Recently, there have been large online marketplaces selling tons of cosmetic contact lenses for as low as $3 USD per pair, mostly shipped from China. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. At that price, it's basically impossible for any company to manufacture contact lenses with the materials, machinery and techniques that meet health and safety guidelines. Factories have to undergo annual inspections by health authorities, and official certifications can cost tens of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the issuer. When you purchase contact lenses from reputable brands, you're paying for the peace of mind that your product has passed stringent safety criteria.
Just like anything that makes contact with your eyes, colour contacts do carry some risks. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy wearing them like many other people are already doing. The key is in taking the necessary precautions, seeking and adhering to professional advice and in buying your contacts from credible retailers. You are welcome to read about our Pledge to Authenticity here.