Texas settles with online contact lens distributor over deceptive trade allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 29, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced June 21 that THEG Inc, an online contact lens distributor and wholesaler doing business as Fine and Clear, will pay $36,000 after allegations of violating the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Optometry Act.

According to Paxton’s office, Fine and Clear did not require consumers to provide a valid prescription when purchasing contact lenses. To resolve the allegations, Fine and Clear agreed to provide consumers with full refunds for 90 days after the settlement takes effect.

“This settlement will serve to help protect Texans who may be unaware that the improper use of contact lenses can cause potentially serious vision problems,” Paxton said. “I appreciate THEG Inc.’s agreement to cease selling contact lenses without proper prescriptions. My office will always protect the health and safety of all Texans.”

Paxton’s office noted that consumers should always visit a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist before purchasing contact lenses so that they can be properly fitted. Additionally, Paxton recommends that consumers never buy contact lenses without a prescription and always buy from companies that require prescriptions.

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