After falling asleep with a pair of colored contacts, purchased at a local beauty store, a Queens girl has been hospitalized and doctors say she needs a cornea transplant.
Erica Barnes, just 14-years-old, bought a pair of hazel colored contact lens from a store on Jamaica Avenue in New York for just twenty dollars. Because of her cheap purchase she was also not given the proper instruction on how to take care of the lens or her eyes, reporting that she was told she could simply use tap water to clean them. Unbeknownst to many, under federal law, contact lenses must be sold with a prescription from a licensed doctor. For reasons made obvious in this case, any other sale is illegal.