"COSMETIC" CONTACT LENSES
These are contact lenses that have no magnification power and are not for correction of vision. They are often coloured, or patterned, to change the colour of the iris or other cosmetic effect. They are sometimes sold in non-optician outlets.
It is illegal, under the Opticians Act, for such contact lenses to be sold by any person who is not qualified to do so i.e. an optician or doctor. There are many risks associated with non-supervised contact lens wear and there are examples of this leading to sight loss through infection. Infections of the cornea are incredibly painful and dangerous.
Please report any non-authorised outlet to this Association (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the Opticians Board. Do not accept assurances from unauthorised outlets that these are legal under EU law as this is not the case.