Dressing up for Halloween might include wearing fashionable contact lenses, but Better Business Bureau serving Northeast Louisiana warns consumers that buying decorative contact lenses over-the-counter is illegal and can seriously damage eyesight.
Decorative contact lenses—also known as fashion contact lenses— are often times sold in beauty stores, Halloween shops, flea markets, convenience stores and on the Internet. However, decorative lenses are not for cosmetic use and should never be purchased over-the-counter. In fact, a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration consumer update clearly defines contact lenses as medical devices, making it against the law for vendors to advertise or sell decorative contact lenses without prescriptions.
Before spending cash on last minute costume accessories, BBB reminds consumers to check the following:
Be sure to use bbb.org to find an accredited business that legally sells eyewear, accessories and costumes.