IDFPR warning of dangers of colored contact lenses

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ILLINOIS - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is advising residents to not purchase colored contact lenses from sources that are not licensed eye care professionals or pharmacists.

IDFPR officials say illegally-purchased colored contact lenses have "flooded the retail market in recent years," and that these lenses may be made in non-FDA-approved facilities with materials that may be toxic and could damage the eye.  

IDFPR Secretary Bryan Schneider says, "as regulators, it is important that we remind consumers of the unnecessary dangers of infection from over-the-counter colored contacts made from potentially unsafe materials."

Officials also say sales of contact lenses to any consumer without a valid prescription are considered to be the unlicensed practice of optometry, and could result in fines of up to $10,000 and cease and desist orders.

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