Illegal contact lens distribution "on the rise"

Illegal contact lens distribution "on the rise"

By Martin Burns

The number of shipments of unofficial or illegal contact lenses is on the rise in the Northern Mariana Islands, according to the latest report.

Saipan's Department of Public Health is warning that there has been an increase in the number of mislabelled products being imported from unknown distributors, the Saipan Tribune reported.

John Tagabuel, deputy secretary for public health administration, said that the Bureau of Environmental Health will be taking "aggressive steps" but in the meantime advised people and suppliers to be wary of illegal contact lenses and other products.

"These mislabelled items are destined to be exposed and the importer has the prerogative to take them back or pay for the items' disposal. The investigation on how these contact lenses came in is ongoing," the news provider reports him as saying.

Meanwhile, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health, many people may have purchased coloured or decorative contact lenses over the Halloween period in an effort to enhance their costumes, but some of these will not have been on prescription and may therefore pose a danger to vision.

by Adrian Galbreth

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