SCDCA warns of the use of not prescribed cosmetic contact lenses

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 and click on Consumer Information, then click Consumer Education. See also, SCDCA's YouTube video entitled DANGER - Illegal cosmetic contact lenses can cause blindness

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