HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers about the dangers of cosmetic contact lenses this Halloween season.
While it may look great with a costume, selling cosmetic contact lenses is illegal in SC, unless prescribed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you do purchase lenses from an unauthorized outlet, it could cause a number of medical problems or even blindness.
The SCDCA says consumers should be aware of the following risks associated with purchasing cosmetic contact lenses:
- Corneal Ulcers: Wearing the lenses for an extended period of time can lead to these ulcers. Left untreated, they can result in blindness and even loss of the eye.
- Tight Lens Syndrome: If the lens is not properly fitted, it can fit too tightly and stick a consumer's cornea.
- Additional problems: Corneal swelling, allergic reaction, reduction in sight and corneal abrasion.
Consumers should contact the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs at 800-922-1594 if they see someone selling contact lenses without a license. For additional information on this topic, please visit our website at www.consumer.sc.gov and click on Consumer Information, then click Consumer Education. See also, SCDCA's YouTube video entitled DANGER - Illegal cosmetic contact lenses can cause blindness