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US retailers fined for selling unlawful contact lenses

Nearly 40 Texas retailers and wholesale distributors have been sanctioned for the unlawful sale of potentially dangerous contact lenses according to the state’s attorney general.

Aside from securing Assurances of Voluntary Compliance from the 37 store owners and distributors, Attorney General Ken Paxton also announced that the businesses would be made to pay US$140,000 (AU$186,000) in civil penalties and attorney fees.

The attorney general’s case began in March 2016, after undercover sweeps by the San Antonio Police Department discovered more than 20 stores selling contact lenses without requiring consumers to provide a prescription.

The retailers then identified 10 companies that had marketed the lenses to the retailers.

“My office’s contact lens sweep is a reminder to Texans to safeguard their vision by using only contact lenses prescribed for them by a licensed practitioner,” Paxton said.

“We will continue to take appropriate action against retailers and businesses that endanger consumers by selling unlawful lenses. We strongly urge anyone who has found retailers selling lenses without a prescription to contact our office.”


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