Federal agencies warn against counterfeit decorative contact lenses

"Operation Double Vision" seizes illegal, harmful contacts from store shelves

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Several federal agencies have come together for "Operation double Vision" to seize illegal, harmful contacts from store shelves.

WASHINGTON - Halloween is right around the corner and many people are looking for the perfect accessory to offset their costume.

However, you may want to think twice before making a pair or decorative contacts that accessory.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fake decorative and colored contacts are especially popular this time of year and these fake contacts are having a hazardous effect on unsuspecting consumers.

Currently, several different federal agencies are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA.

This ongoing investigation is being called "Operation Double Vision."

The FDA warns you not to buy contact lenses from Halloween shops, novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn't require a prescription. These vendors are not authorized to sell contacts.

Because of the medical risks, it is illegal to buy or sell contacts without a prescription from a licensed eye specialist.

Counterfeit contacts can cause infections, corneal ulcers, and even blindness.

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