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MyCandyEyes.com and Other US Circle Lens Sellers settle with the FTC
In an effort to crack down on illegal circle lens sellers in the United States, the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) recently settled cases with 3 circle lens sellers, one being MyCandyEyes.com.
Circle Lenses and the LAW
Circle lenses are quite possibly one of the most popular trends to hit the United States from Korea. Sure they make you look beautiful and different, but what about the legality? Are they really illegal? Why are they illegal?
So how did this become such a hot issue? What is the big deal if someone wants to change their eye color?
On July 3, 2010 an article in the New York Times was published by CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS. In the article Catherine falsely described circle lenses as a trend started by the singer Lady Gaga. In reality, circle lenses were around when Lady Gaga was a nobody. After the article was published, circle lenses went main stream. Major news outlets picked up the story and branded circle lenses as a new trend that is dangerous and destructive to your health.
Before the article was published, the FDA and FTC were unaware of circle lenses. The old saying, controversy creates cash was in full effect. Sales of circle lenses sky rocketed for online retailers and manufactures. Manufactures were having trouble keeping up with demand. At times the wait to receive an order was up to 1 month. Controversy also creates legal issues. To avoid embarrassment, the FDA and FTC took action and went after online retailers in the United States and imposed heavy fines. Still circle lenses are available for sale online, but only a handful operate illegally in the United States.