The law says that only registered opticians or doctors may sell lenses. It is extremely important that the lenses are prescribed by qualified professionals otherwise there is a great risk of developing serious eye problems as patients do not receive the necessary checks. In the worst cases, the lenses can cause infections that may lead to vision loss and blindness.
These rules apply to both fashion lenses and those prescribed to correct sight problems.
EBay is denying accusations, saying that “their listing policy clearly stated that controlled drugs or items which required prescriptions from licensed practitioners such as doctors, dentists or opticians were not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, prescription drugs, contact lenses, and prescription eyewear," eBay UK Ltd said.
If eBay is found guilty on court, they are facing a fine of up to £2,500 per charge.
Many online retailer sell contact lenses legitimely on internet. How they deal with prescription varies widely though. In USA, the law say that the seller must verify the prescription with the doctor, but a lot of online lenses retailers give a call, wait eight hours and consider it accepted if the doctor don't return the call. Strange. And you don't have this law in Canada, so online retailers from there don't even verify prescription. Anyway.