Ohio AG warns against decorative contact lenses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulators and Ohio’s attorney general are warning consumers about the illegal sale of cosmetic, or decorative, contact lenses often sold during the Halloween season.

The Ohio Optical Dispensers Board has issued 15 cease and desist orders issued this year to businesses that have violated the law.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding consumers that over-the-counter sales of decorative contact lenses are illegal. He says if not administered properly, the can cause permanent damage.

DeWine’s office says the decorative contact lenses are sometimes improperly sold at gas stations, costumes shops and beauty supply stores.

Prevent Blindness Ohio President Sherry Williams says decorative contact lenses can lead to serious eye infections, scarring and even blindness.

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