Canada hardens stance on cosmetic contact lenses

Canada hardens stance on cosmetic contact lenses

By Emily Tait

Canada has hardened its stance on the way in which people in the country can purchase cosmetic contact lenses, in a move which could have repercussions for illegal retailers across the planet.

Under new legislation introduced in the House of Commons by MP Pat Davidson, the country's Food and Drug Act is set to be amended to classify cosmetic contact lenses as class II medical devices, the same category as regular, corrective lenses.

Under this law, it would be illegal to sell contact lenses without a licence and people would require a prescription to purchase them, just as they do with normal contact lenses.

The news was welcomed by Dr Lillian Linton, President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, who noted that it could have far-reaching consequences.

"This is about people's eyesight … and in most cases young people's eyesight. It is an important vision health issue and the optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists of Canada are asking for unanimous support to adopt this amendment," she explained.

by Adrian Galbreth

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