Cite for sore eyes

Visiting the BCP Business Center for the latest dos ‘n’ don’ts about making those peepers of yours positively pop? We didn’t think so. But there’s a makeover lesson nonetheless in three FTC law enforcement settlements with online retailers who sold “circle contacts” without a prescription, in violation of the Contact Lens Rule.

Circle contacts? They’re decorative lenses that cover not just the iris, but the white of the eye, too. Fashionistas wear them to give their eyes a weird googly appearance, a look popularized by music videos, anime, and other pop culture trends we know nothing about.

And having eyes like a cartoon character is a good thing because? Your guess is as good as ours, but the FDA reminds wearers that improper use or handling of any kind of contacts can lead to major fashion faux pas like corneal ulcers, abrasions, and other serious health consequences.

The message to sellers: Under the Contact Lens Rule, it’s illegal to sell contacts — including “cosmetic” ones — without getting the buyer’s prescription or verifying it with the prescribing medical professional. Sellers can find out more about their obligations by reading The Contact Lens Rule: A Guide for Prescribers and Sellers and Complying with the Contact Lens Rule.

Know someone who’s into this unfortunate fad? Send them the link to Avoiding an Eyesore: What to Know Before You Buy Cosmetic Contacts. But if appeals to ocular health aren’t persuasive, alert them to the long-term risks of following fashion trends. A picture of what we looked like in parachute pants should do the trick.

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