The American Optician

Winter 2017

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T 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 8 L E G A L The FTC, the OAA and the Proposed Changes to the Contact Lens Rule 855.455.0042 | KLiiK.COM -10.00D TO -0.50D +0.50D TO +6.00D NOW AVAILABLE: PLUS POWERS! DAILIES TOTAL1 ® CONTACT LENSES PERFORMANCE DRIVEN BY SCIENCE ª NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS NOW IN PLUS POWERS See product instructions for complete wear, care and safety information. © 2015 Novartis 08/15 DAL15097JAD

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