State investigating illegal sale of color contact lens - CBS46 News

State investigating illegal sale of color contact lens

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LITHIA SPRINGS, GA (CBS46) -

Georgia's Secretary of State is now investigating gas stations uncovered by CBS Atlanta's exclusive investigation on selling contact lenses.

Eye professionals said the practice is illegal and dangerous.

Jayme Robinson found out how dangerous it can be buying contacts from a gas station.

When Robinson woke up one morning, she panicked and became hysterical because she couldn't open her eyes.

"I woke up and I couldn't see. My eyes were crusted shut. I'm basically trying to figure out what's going on. I run to the bathroom to get some water on my face. You can see the crust and all the goo around my eyes," said Robinson.

Robinson immediately went to see her doctor and found out she had a mild infection in both eyes.

Robinson said she got the infection from color contacts she bought at a gas station.

"When you buy them at the gas station, they don't tell you that you need cleansing solution. They're not going to tell you that some brands will dry your eyes out," said Robinson.

Not only that, according to Georgia's Secretary of State and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration it's illegal for anyone to sell contacts without a prescription.

CBS Atlanta found a gas station on Lee Road in Lithia Springs selling color contacts.

Mohamed Surani said he didn't know they were illegal to sell.

"If it's illegal, I'm not going to sell it that's for sure," said Surani.

Surani said he doesn't tell people how to put the contacts in their eyes or how to take care of them because he doesn't know himself.

"I have never worn them in my life," said Surani.

Surani is not an eye care professional. He said he's not aware of the dangers or infections people can get.

On Tuesday, CBS Atlanta found several gas stations in Atlanta also illegally selling the contacts.

In most cases the business owners said they didn't know selling them was illegal.

Robinson said CBS Atlanta's investigation changed her mind about buying contacts at gas stations and beauty supply stores.

"Just seeing that I can go blind, that's it for me," said Robinson.

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