Issue link: http://americanoptician.epubxp.com/i/798597
he Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked for
comments regarding the Contact Lens Rule ( view the
rule here ). The Opticians Association of America (OA A)
along with many of our member states provided very concise
and informative comments to the FTC to protect what our
organization believes are currently solid regulations on the
subject. Our comments focused primarily on ensuring that
additional items were not going to be required to be a part of
the prescription (i.e., PD measurement), which would benefit
online sales greatly.
After reviewing comments and other evidence from
interested entities, the FTC has determined that it would
be beneficial to increase compliance with an automatic
prescription release requirement. The Commission therefore
proposes to amend the Rule to require contact lens prescribers
to obtain a signed acknowledgement from the patient after
releasing a contact lens prescription to them, and to maintain
it for at least three years.
The OA A does not currently have an issue with the new
requirement proposed by the FTC. Further, due to our
compelling comments, the OA A has been asked to serve in an
advisory capacity moving forward for the FTC. This means
that no matter what happens in the future regarding these
regulations, opticians now know that they have a compelling
voice with FTC and that the OA A will continue to work with
the FTC to ensure that opticians remain protected in their
ability to fit contact lenses.
Chris Allen is OA A's Executive Director
L E G A L
The FTC, the OAA
and the Proposed
Changes to the
Contact Lens Rule
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