Consumers Need to Use Wisdom When Buying Contact Lenses

September 07, 2017

Indianapolis –September 6, 2017  Whether wearing contact lens are a necessity for vision correction or a personal fashion choice, proper eye care should be taken seriously when purchasing contact lens.   Contact lens sales are regulated by both the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Both agencies give great advise on purchasing contact lenses.  Click here for the FDA content and here for the FTC content. 

A few quick tips:

  • According to the FDA, decorative, costume, fashion, Halloween or cosmetic contact lenses are actually medical devices and should never be bought from a street vendor, boutique, beauty supply or novelty store.
  • A contact lens provider should never sell you contacts without you providing a current contact lens prescription.
  • The American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) advises consumers that wear non-prescription costume contacts risk getting cuts and sores in the protective layers of the iris and pupil as well as potentially blinding infections.


BBB also urges consumer to check the trustworthiness of any contact lens seller they are considering buying from by visiting

For more information, please contact BBB at or 1-866-463-9222.

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