Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-15 10:53:05 GMT
European officials are investigating some of the world's biggest oil companies on suspicions of price manipulation over more than a decade. Shell, B-P and Statoil all say they're co-operating with theMore >>
The commission carried out unannounced inspections, because of concerns the companies may have worked together in reporting distorted prices.More >>
Right from the start, a horse trained by one not so over-the-hill Hall of Famer and ridden by another took control of the Preakness. The result: a huge upset and the end of any hopes for a Triple Crown attempt at the Belmont...More >>
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -
Colored contact lenses are an accessory teens often buy for prom or Halloween, but one size does not fit all.
14 News found some of those contacts at a local gas station. We walked right in and bought a pair of emerald green lenses and they never asked to see a prescription.
While these contacts can change the color of your eyes, doctors say, they can also cause severe and permanent eye damage.
"Until somebody actually loses vision and goes blind from wearing one of these, it may just seem like harmless fun," said Dr. Michael Hodges, an Ophthalmologist with The Eye Group.
Decorative lenses may look fun, with colors like aquamarine, honey, and crazy cat eye patterns, but what's not fun, Dr. Hodges says is the damage improperly fitting lenses leave behind.
That's why the FDA banned the sale of decorative contact lenses without a prescription back in 2005.
Some boxes of non-corrective lenses purchased over the counter may say 'FDA Approved', even 'prescription only'. But that doesn't mean they're legal to sell without a prescription or that they'll fit your eyes.
14 News was able to walk right into the Marathon Gas Station on South Green Street in Henderson and buy emerald green luxury color lenses with no prescription in hand. You can even buy them online from a foreign country. One click of a mouse and for around $20, they're yours.
We quickly found out that not everyone knows about these concrete contact restrictions.
When Marathon employee, Sunny Patel, was asked if he knew about the restriction, he replied, "I don't know that."
When we also told the clerk about the possibility for eye damage, he took the display off the counter.
"That's the reason why I took it down because they're saying on there, it says, 'FDA Approved', you know, and that's why we keep it," said Patel.
Eyeglass World Optometrist, Thomas Clark, fits patients for contact lenses every day.
"You have to have a certain amount of movement to allow oxygen to flow behind the lens in addition to the amounts that flow through the lens and the tear film, keeping it moist," said Clark.
That lack of oxygen, doctors say, can cause corneal problems, infections, even blindness in extreme cases if not treated properly.
That's why it's important to go to a licensed professional for a proper lens fitting.
"They think because it's this thing that everyone's doing that it's okay to just pop something in your eye, but it really is dangerous," said patient Matthew Guest.
Back at the Marathon station, the clerk tells 14 News that they got their lenses from a supplier in Georgia and weren't warned about the dangers.
"Now you just tell me that they affect eyes and all that, so you know, eventually, we're not going to sell it anymore," said Patel.
A warning patients like Guest and doctors say they hope will catch on.
"Pay attention to your child, especially your teenagers. Notice trends. Try to keep up," said Guest.
"I think once the word gets out more and more, people won't make these kind of decisions. They know that precious vision is something that you can't afford to lose," said Hodges.
14 News did talk with a local costume shop who says they don't sell the lenses because they're illegal to sell without a prescription. When we asked where to find some, they referred us to an eye doctor saying the over-the-counter lenses can damage your eyes.
It's encouraging to find some businesses that do know the rules, and hopefully, that trend will catch on.
14 News went back to that gas station Monday afternoon and the contacts were still off the shelves. Hopefully other businesses that still do sell them will follow that example.
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:35:07 GMT
(KRIS/NBC) - A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home. That all changed thanks to one family who granted his wish, 24 hours before it was too late. DamienMore >>
A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:10:16 GMT
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse. Since the moving of Vulcan, OaklandMore >>
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:53:17 GMT
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. 28-year-old, Robert Adam Baxter of Greenville,More >>
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:05:55 GMT
Spend your Saturday enjoying some wine, art and jazz on Newburgh's Riverfront. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Local wineries will be offeringMore >>
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>
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