Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
FDA is aware that consumers without valid prescriptions have bought
decorative contact lenses from beauty salons, record stores, video stores, flea
markets, convenience stores, beach shops and the Internet. Buying contact lenses
without a prescription is dangerous!
If you're considering getting decorative contact lenses, you should:
get an eye exam from a licensed eye care professional
get a valid prescription that includes the brand and lens dimensions
buy the lenses from an eye care professional or from a vendor who requires
that you provide prescription information for the lenses
follow directions for cleaning, disinfection, and wearing the lenses, and
visit your eye care professional for follow-up eye exams
There are a variety of solutions that can be used for the various types of
contact lenses. But these solutions can also cause serious problems if not used
correctly. Incorrect care of contact lens solutions can increase your risk of
eye infections and corneal ulcers. These conditions can develop very quickly and
can be very serious. In rare cases, these conditions can cause blindness.
To reduce your risk of infections:
Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses to reduce the chance of
getting an infection.
Remove the lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional if your
eyes become red, irritated, or your vision changes.
Always follow the directions of your eye care professional and all labeling
instruction for proper use of contact lenses and lens care products.
Use contact lens products and solutions recommended by your eye care
Do not use contact lens solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or
Only use sterile saline solutions for rinsing. Do not use them for cleaning
and disinfecting your lenses.
Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
Clean and disinfect your lenses properly following all labeling instructions
provided with your lens care products
Do not “top-off” the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the left
over contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
Do not expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake
or ocean water. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water or any
homemade saline solution). Exposure of contact lenses to water has been
associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a corneal infection that is resistant to
treatment and cure.
Do not put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile
Clean, rinse and air-dry your lens case each time lenses are removed. You may
want to flip over your lens case while air drying so excess solution may drain
out of the case. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth.
Replace your contact lens storage case every 3-6 months.
Do not transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers.
This can effect the sterility of the solution which can lead to an eye
infection. Transferring solutions into smaller size containers may also leave
consumers open to accidentally using a solution not intended for the eyes.
To view a video on handling, inserting, removing and caring for your contact
lenses, go to: