Leah Carpenter, 17, a Michigan high school senior, bought a $26 pair of colored contact lenses last weekend at a public market, USA Today reports. Now she is partially blind in her right eye.
“It was just for show. That was our theme for the day,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking anything would go wrong.”
But the decorative lens scratched her cornea, causing severe pain and limiting her school and extracurricular activities.
Contact lenses are considered to be medical devices and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Selling them without a prescription is against the law.
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