AOA Increases Efforts to Stop Illegal Contact Lens Sales

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, August 11, 2011
Despite the warnings and health risks associated with using cosmetic non-prescription contact lenses, the trend continues, even though sales of contact lenses without a valid prescription have been banned since 2005. Contact lenses are a medical device and require a prescription from a licensed eye care professional.

The American Optometric Association has partnered with the Federal Trade Commission to increase nationwide awareness about the dangers of non-prescription contact lenses via a consumer campaign. The AOA has also urged the FTC to improve the Contact Lens Rule to treat cosmetic contact lenses as a medical device, therefore applying the same regulations and standards to vendors selling these types of products. A recent investigation into a potential violation of the Contact Lens Rule resulted in a federal settlement against and a heavy fine for Scott Smiledge-Ferragamo and Jokeshop LLC, an Internet marketer of illegal contact lenses, causing the business to shut down. To report potential violations of the FTC's Contact Lens Rule, please click here.

While the cosmetic look may be desirable to some, the potential dangers and risks outweigh any fashionable benefit. According to the AOA Blog, the "improper use of contact lenses can cause corneal ulcers, corneal abrasions, visual impairment, and blindness." Contact lenses need to be fit properly - always consult an eye care professional before considering or using any type of contact lenses. To find an eye care professional near you, please click here.

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