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Thursday, 29 September 2005 12:48
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eBay facing court over illegal contact lens offers
The internet auction giant eBay is facing court action over the sale of contact lenses on its website.

People who buy lenses without undergoing the appropriate tests can face serious eye damage and the law requires lenses to be sold by a registered optician or doctor.

The website said it did not permit the sale of contact lenses and had a policy of removing any listings it becomes aware of.

But the General Optical Council said that two days ago there were 200 contact lens entries on eBay.

These have since been taken down but, if found guilty in court, the company could be fined up to £2,500 per charge.

Nathan Efron, a GOC member and professor of optometry at Manchester University, said: "Lenses sit directly on the eye, so even if they feel fine to the wearer, there is a risk of irritation and infection.

"These kind of problems could result in a wearer becoming intolerant, and not being able to wear contacts again.

"However, in a worst case scenario, it could lead to vision loss and blindness.

"So it is incredibly important to have lenses fitted by a qualified professional."

The rules apply to both fashion lenses, which give the user a different eye colour, and prescription lenses used to correct problems with vision.

The GOC said it first contacted eBay to voice its concerns in August last year but the company had continually failed to deal with the problem.

GOC registrar Peter Coe said: "We very much regret that it has been necessary to take legal action in this case."

However, eBay strongly refuted the GOCís claims, saying that all listings that break the companyís rules are promptly taken down.

"This includes, but is not limited to, prescription drugs, contact lenses, and prescription eyewear," eBay UK Ltd said.


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