Warning tells of risks associated with noncorrective contact lenses

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is warning consumers to be aware of the risks associated with wearing cosmetic, noncorrective contact lenses that are purchased without a valid prescription.

Using the wrong contacts can cause injury, infection and even possible blindness if the quality is questionable or they are fitted or worn incorrectly, according to a news release from the DCCA.

In 2008, a law was passed prohibiting sales of nonprescription contact lenses in Hawaii. However, these lenses are still being marketed illegally as fashion or Halloween accessories at beauty salons, swap meets, convenience stores and online, the DCCA release said.

For more information, contact the DCCA Consumer Resource Center at 587-4272 (toll-free (800) 394-1902 for the Neighbor Islands) or see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website at www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm048902.htm.

To report unlicensed activity, contact the Regulated Industries Complaints Office at (808) 587-4272.