With Halloween just around the corner, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. This ongoing effort is being called “Operation Double Vision.” Medical experts advise consumers interested in buying decorative lenses to get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor. And they say an eye doctor should be seen right away if there are signs of eye infection, including redness, lasting eye pain or decrease in vision.
Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. As a result of the operation, more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses have been seized.