Illegal without a prescription.
It's called 'Operation Double Vision'. Federal officials are seizing counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses and lenses unapproved by the FDA. 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 does not require a prescription. "Our concern is that consumers who buy and use decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription can run significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness," said John Roth, director of FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations. "It is always better to involve a qualified eye care professional and protect your vision."