Buying contact lenses from online auction – watch out for used lenses

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It came as a surprise for me that people sell contact lenses in online auctions. This seems to be rather common, as for example, in a Finnish online auction store, there are more than 100 sales ads for contact lenses.

The reason why contact lenses are sold in online auctions is probably that the power of lenses has changed for a person, or he or she has gone to an eye laser surgery. I assume so because the sold packages were not always full. It can also be that the lenses didn’t fit the person selling them.

You shouldn’t buy used contact lenses

Most of the lenses in sale were new and intact, but there were also lenses in sale that were already tried on. You should never buy lenses that someone has already tried on, as this poses a serious health risk. For example, you can get eye infections.

Even if the lenses were disinfected with lens solution wearing them is not safe.

Also, you can never be sure who has actually worn the used lenses.

Also systematic contact lens selling

What seemed conspicuous was the systematic selling of contact lenses. The same vendor could be selling several power and brands of contact lenses. This left me wondering whether the vendor was an online store, or an optician store that wants to get rid of lenses from closing sale, or a private vendor who has bought a large stock of lenses from abroad?

Please note that the advice and tips given in this blog are based on Finnish regulations and laws. Therefore, you need to verify the regulations and laws in your country from your own optician, optometrist or eye specialist.

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