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The Federal Trade Commission’s Pro-Consumer Proposal to Update the Contact Lens Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed adding a new requirement under the Contact Lens Rule that optometrists obtain a signed acknowledgement when the patient receives their prescription after a contact lens fitting. While this may seem like a small change, this step would in fact mark a major victory for contact lens consumers. It would help ensure that optometrists comply with their legal requirement to release prescriptions, allowing contact lens wearers to shop for lenses from alternative retailers, And it would help maintain freedom of choice and convenience in the contact lens market, and help keep prices low.

UPDATE: To inform the FTC’s decision on whether to finalize its proposed update to the Contact Lens Rule, the agency held a public workshop in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. In conjunction with the workshop, the FTC also opened a new comment period, allowing the public to weigh in again on its proposal and other issues to be discussed at the forum.

The comment period is now closed and we are currently waiting for the agency’s final decision. We will update this page when more is announced.