Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sting operation nabs dollar stores and gas stations selling novelty contact lenses without prescription

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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You know those crazy colored contact lenses that people like to sell this time of year – the ones that make your eyeballs look like black spots in your face or cat's eyes or zombie eyes? Well, they're supposed to be available only with a prescription, but it seems some Florida stores have been selling them illegally. Today the state Department of Health announced that it issued 47 cease and desist orders to stores around the state (including six stores in Orlando) telling them that by selling these things without a license, they could be slapped with felony-level criminal charges. Ouch.

The list of places slapped on the wrist for selling them include beauty supply stores, wig stores, dollar stores, a "Quick Stop" food market and a Shell gas station. Come on, people. You don't buy contact lenses – things that you put in your eyes and could fuck up your vision forever if they're dirty or fitted wrong – at a gas station. Or, for that matter, any establishment that has the words "Quick Stop" or "Dollar Store" in its name. We'd share the nasty images of what these things can do to your eyes, but trust us – they are nasty. Google it.

Press release on the sting, called "Operation Jack-O-Lantern," below.

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health with support from local law enforcement agencies carried out Statewide Operation Jack-O-Lantern October 8th through 11th.  The operation to stop potentially dangerous sales of designer, colored contact lenses culminated in 47 cease-and-desist notices served to individuals and establishments practicing health care without a license.  Practicing health care without a license is a felony-level criminal offense in many instances. Treatment by an unlicensed provider is dangerous and could result in further injury, disease or even death.  Notices were served on the following subjects:

  • Elegant Beauty Supplies                             Orlando
  • D&J Beauty Supply                                      Kissimmee
  • Dollar Worth                                                  Orlando
  • Dollar & Up                                                    Orlando
  • #1 Beauty Supply Store                               Orlando
  • Dollar Store                                                   Orlando
  • Beauty Exchange                                          Orlando
  • Landon Inc.                                                    Miami
  • Lena Hair & Wigs                                          Miami
  • Bijou Hair and Wigs                                     Miami
  • 305 Beauty Supply Corp                              Miami
  • H & S Optical                                                 Cutler Bay
  • Elegant Beauty Supplies                             Tampa
  • Diva Beauty Supply #1                                 Tampa
  • Elegant Beauty Supplies                             Tampa
  • J-Lo Beauty Supply #2                                 Tampa
  • Diamond Beauty Supply                              Tampa
  • Absolutely Fabulous Accessories              Port Richey
  • L&C Jewelry Wholesale                               Tampa
  • AZIZ Discount Beauty Supply                     Fort Lauderdale
  • Elegant Beauty Supplies                             Fort Lauderdale
  • Beauty Supplies & 99 Stuff Inc.                  Wilton Manors
  • AZIZ Discount Beauty Supply                     Oakland Park
  • Lamia Enterprises Inc. dba Kingston         Market            Lauderhill
  • Bismilla Beauty Supply                                Oakland Park
  • Diamond Girl Beauty Supply                      Fort Lauderdale
  • Diamond Girl #2 Beauty Supply                 Fort Lauderdale
  • Glamour Tress.com                                     Lauderhill
  • Quick Stop Food Store                                Saint Petersburg
  • Sunnys Beauty and Fashion                       Saint Petersburg
  • 4th Street Beauty Supply                             Saint Petersburg
  • Discount Beauty Supply                              Saint Petersburg
  • Dash in Dash Out                                         Saint Petersburg
  • 6S Boutique                                                   Saint Petersburg
  • Discount Beauty Supply                              Orlando
  • Abradel Beauty Supply                                Orlando
  • Miami Twice                                                  Miami
  • Amira Beauty Supply                                   Cutler Bay
  • Beauty Outlet                                                            Jacksonville
  • Sun Beauty Supply (CJ Beauty Supply)    Jacksonville
  • Golfair Shell Gas Station                             Jacksonville
  • Star Beauty Supply                                      Jacksonville
  • Amy Beauty Supply                                      Jacksonville
  • 2 U Beauty Supply                                        Jacksonville
  • Hit it Beauty Supply                                     Jacksonville
  • J. J. Beauty Supply                                       Jacksonville
  • Monarch Beauty Supply                              Jacksonville

The Department's Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) Unlicensed Activity (ULA) program, under authority of Florida Statute 456.065, protects Florida residents and visitors from the potentially serious consequences of receiving health care services from an unlicensed person. The ULA program investigates all unlicensed health care activity complaints and allegations, and works in conjunction with law enforcement and the state attorney's offices to prosecute individuals practicing without a license.

The Department has several resources to combat unlicensed activity:

  • Consumers are encouraged to use DOH's website, www.flhealthsource.gov, where they can conveniently view the license information of their health care practitioner.
  • Complaints may be filed anonymously by completing and mailing the complaint form on the DOH website, emailing HALTULA@doh.state.fl.us or calling 1-877-HALT-ULA.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. During 2014, the Department is recognizing 125 years of public health in Florida with educational opportunities and events. Please visit www.FLHealth125.gov for more information.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook.  For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.


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