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Illegal to buy contact lenses on-line?

Is it illegal to buy contact lenses on the internet? My optician told me it is. Thanks. Bob in Blanchardstown.

 No it is not but it might be illegal for an internet seller to sell - this is their problem, not yours. Contact lenses can only be sold on prescription and it is illegal for any seller who is unqualified to do so to fill a prescription.  The governing law on this is the Opticians Act 1956 and an amendment Act of 2003. Overseas suppliers can be registered here but if they are not it is illegal for them to sell into Ireland. 

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