Headlines American Optometric Association to Report 31 ‘Suspicious Contact Lens Retailers’ to Federal Government Published 6 years ago on October 10, 2016 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet The campaign comes as Halloween approaches. The American Optometric Association said it plans to report 31 “suspicious contact lens retailers” to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission — one for each day of October. The organization is targeting retailers who illegally sell contact lenses without a prescription. “As Halloween approaches, we know that people will be tempted to purchase theatrical lenses online,” says Jeffrey Sonsino, an optometrist who serves as the AOA’s contact lens and cornea section chair. “Unfortunately, many of the online retailers sell lenses illegally and without a prescription. In an attempt to protect patients, we are reporting suspected violators to the FDA and FTC.” The letters will be sent to businesses flagged by AOA’s reporting hotline, [email protected], and address their alleged violations. They’ll be copied to the FDA and FTC. “By establishing the email [email protected], the AOA CLCS has collected hundreds of cases of patients being harmed by illegal online sales of contact lenses,” Sonsino says. “We are working diligently with the FDA and FTC to combat the illegal practices of retailers who import non-FDA approved lenses, gray-market commonly available lenses, or sell to the public without a prescription.” Advertisement The AOA notes that while it is not a regulatory enforcement entity, its central mission is “to serve as a resource to the public for reliable and current information related to eye and health care policy.” The organization also reiterated its support for the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016, which it says “would reinforce the distinction that contact lenses are medical devices and should be treated as such.” Related Topics:contact lenses click to Comment(Comment) Up Next To Make Facebook Work for Your Practice, Try This Don't Miss Warby Parker CEO: 1,000 Stores Could Be in Our Future SPONSORED VIDEO TryLive POP delivers ideal try-on experiences to your customers any day, any time. Expanded Reach with a Personal Touch Your customers deserve personalized attention and as many options as their hearts desire. You deserve—and need—strategies for providing an optimized customer experience that sets you apart from your competition. TryLive POP delivers both. Give your customers personalized, at-home try-on sessions with all of the benefits of an in-store experience. And with TryLive POP, every day is a special occasion. You may like Promoted Headlines This Is the Most Important Decision You Can Make To Increase Sales Right Now! Stop Limiting Your Ability To Sell High End Frames Essential Blue Series Essilor Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Buzz Session1 hour ago “Eternal Optimism Is a Force Multiplier” and Other “Truth Bombs” ECPs Now Live By Do You Or Don't You1 hour ago More Than 80% Of ECPs Don’t Offer a Sales Commission but Many Do Offer Various Bonus and Incentive Programs Benchmarks19 hours ago Six Optical Retailers That Hit the Road to Drive Business Thru Their Doors Best of the Best20 hours ago Making and Selling His Own Frames Led to a Professional Rebirth for This Illinois Optician Sanity Files21 hours ago This Canadian Optician Sings the Praises of Building a Business Restoring and Customizing Eyewear Headlines2 weeks ago EHR Vendor Hack Extends to 100,000 Eyecare Patients Sponsored Content4 weeks ago Eyezen® Kids Lenses: Designed for How Children See the World Headlines2 weeks ago Eyewear Worth Thousands Stolen in Virginia Robbery Photo Gallery1 week ago 9 Eyecare Patient Encounters That Didn’t Quite Make Sense Real Deal3 weeks ago This Teen Came for an Exam Alone. Now His Mom Has Questions. Sponsored Content4 days ago Essential Blue Series Media Spotlight4 weeks ago Elevate Your Optical Sponsored Content4 weeks ago Eyezen® Kids Lenses: Designed for How Children See the World 4ECPs Webinars1 month ago Google Marketing for Patient Acquisition 4ECPs Webinars1 month ago 10 SEO Steps for Better Ranking Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION. Advertisement Most Popular Photo Gallery1 week ago 9 Eyecare Patient Encounters That Didn’t Quite Make Sense Headlines1 week ago 4 ODs to Be Inducted Into National Optometry Hall of Fame Headlines23 hours ago EHR Vendor Breach Now Affects 342K Patients, 8 Organizations Sponsored Content4 days ago Essential Blue Series Best of the Best3 days ago This California Practice Focuses Its Online Marketing on Its Own Backyard … And You Can Too Do You Or Don't You4 days ago More Than Half of You Welcome Pets Into Your Eyecare Business Columns4 days ago 5 Big Tips To Get the Most From Your Wholesale Lab Sponsored Content1 week ago Made in Italy, Born in The U.S.A.