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AOA ‘Vigorously Objects’ to FTC’s Proposed Contact Lens Rule

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“We’re fighting back hard.”

The American Optometric Association says it “vigorously objects” to the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule.

The association says on its website that the changes “are imbalanced and do little to address patient safety concerns.”

The key change would be that contact lens prescribers would need to get patients to sign an acknowledgment with this language: “My eye care professional provided me with a copy of my contact lens prescription at the completion of my contact lens fitting, and; I understand I am free to purchase contact lenses from the seller of my choice.”

The prescriber would need to keep the acknowledgment for at least three years.

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“The FTC proposal makes clear that the agency is hearing from those who question whether doctors of optometry are following the law,” said Jon Hymes, executive director of the AOA. “As with all AOA and state association successes against anti-optometry groups on the attack, we’re fighting back hard and mobilizing fully to ensure that all of our doctors can speak out, educate and inform government officials and help set the record straight.”

The AOA said it will submit formal comments during a feedback period.

Read more at AOA

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