Internet auction marketplace eBay could be facing a lawsuit to stop the sale of contact lenses on its UK Web site. The suit would be filed by the General Optical Council, which says that buying lenses online can cause serious eye damage.

It is against the law to sell contact lenses or glasses if you are not a registered optician or doctor. In its defence, eBay has said that it does not permit the sale of the lenses and is removing the listings as the company becomes aware of them.

The GoC claim to have alerted eBay to the problem in November and said: "Given the company's continued failure to deal with the problem, a summons was issued in August this year. We very much regret that it has been necessary to take legal action..."