Texas AG Reaches Settlement with Online Contact Lens Provider

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Attorney General, Ken Paxton of Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas—Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas announced that his office has reached a settlement with THEG Inc., which does business as the online contact lens distributor and wholesaler Fine & Clear of Bergenfield, N.J. The settlement follows from the attorney general’s claim that Fine & Clear sold contact lenses to consumers without requiring them to provide a valid prescription, according to the announcement.

Hyunyil Cho of New York, who is identified in the settlement as president of THEG, also is named as a “respondent” in the settlement.

Terms of the settlement call for Fine & Clear and its parent company to pay $36,000 in penalties and legal costs to the state of Texas, and to offer full refunds to consumers who purchased contact lenses from Fine & Clear when the lenses are returned in an unopened box.

“Fine & Clear sold contact lenses to consumers without requiring them to provide a valid prescription, violating the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Optometry Act,” AG Paxton said in the recent announcement. “Fine & Clear voluntarily agreed to stop selling contact lenses to consumers without prescriptions, and also agreed to provide consumers with a full refund for a period of 90 days from the start date of the settlement,” the announcement added.

“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 added. “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.”