Majority of colored contact lenses lose their color: legislator
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) yesterday said based on an experiment on cosmetic contact lenses, also known as colored contacts, she discovered that 77 percent of the products' colors faded with water.
August 28, 2013, 12:24 am TWN
Wang said she recently bought 13 domestic and international brands of colored contact lenses in Taiwan for testing. She said her assistants moistened cotton buds with warm water, gently wiped the contact lenses, and found the colors faded.
Wang said these chemical coloring ingredients ooze from the contact lenses will irritate human eyes and might lead to cornea or conjunctive infection.
Liu Li-ling (劉麗玲), official of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, attended the press conference held by Wang and said that as far as she knows, no one had examined cosmetic contact lenses by using water-moistened cotton buds before.
Liu said the FDA had tested 20 different brands of colored contact lenses in 2012, and did not discover any abnormality in these lenses.
Liu said the standard procedure of the FDA to examine cosmetic contact lenses is to immerse the subject in 37 degrees of Celsius artificial tears, and heat the subject to 100 degrees of Celsius for 30 minutes. Liu added that of those 20 items tested in 2012 had found no coloring elements had resolved during the examinations.
The FDA's examination procedure is reference to the procedure conducted by Food and Drug Administration of the United States, and European Union, Liu said.
Wang said current regulations forbid people to sell colored contact lenses on the Internet, however, she discovered that there are many online shop owners selling cosmetic contact lenses on the Internet.
Wang said moreover, these sellers claim their products are imported from Japan, and Korean, but in fact are made and imported from China.
Liu said contact lenses are classified as medical devices, and according to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, it forbids people to sell medical devices without obtaining the government's approval. Liu said people should report to the FDA should they find any online shop owners selling contact lenses.
The offender of the act shall be imprisoned of not more than three years, in addition, be fined not more than NT$100,000, Liu said.
Liu urged people who wish to wear cosmetic contact lenses to buy government-certified products. Liu said the website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare has listed all the certified products and manufacturers of contact lenses.
The FDA will request health departments of local governments to investigate if there is any shop owners selling contact lenses without the FDA's approval, Liu said.