DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Novelty contact lenses designed to make the wearer's eyes look like a cat's or zombies' are still being sold without a prescription in Ohio, despite their being illegal since 2005.
The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/uuhUeA ) that these lenses which are particularly popular during the Halloween season are still being sold at Ohio costume shops, beauty parlors and gas stations.
Ohio officials report an increase in the number of stores told to stop selling the lenses in the previous fiscal year.
The Food and Drug Administration ruled in 2005 that all contact lenses, not just those used to improve vision, are medical devices and must be prescribed by a doctor.
Eye doctors say that there is nothing dangerous about colored contacts, but wearing improperly fitted lenses can cause serious health problems.