From the AOA: There is a growing trend among Americans to alter the appearance or color of the eyes by using decorative contact lenses that often times are acquired illegally through vendors that don’t meet quality standards which is a concern for optometrists. Many consumers consider decorative contact lenses a fashion or costume accessory when, in reality, these lenses are also classified as medical devices and still pose the same potential safety and health issues as corrective contact lenses, and require a prescription. Eye doctors urge consumers to only wear decorative contact lenses that are acquired through an eye doctor. Illegally-purchased lenses can result in significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, which could lead to irreversible sight loss.
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From the AOA:
Prescription release rules that regulate contact lens and eyeglasses sales don't go far enough to safeguard consumers, contends the AOA in formal comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The AOA's comments urge the FTC to take action to ensure fair and effective regulations.Submitted in response to an FTC-initiated review of the Contact Lens Rule and Ophthalmic Practice (Eyeglasses) Rule on Monday, Oct. 26, the AOA's comments urge the FTC to take action to ensure the regulations which implement the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) are fair and effective among patients and their doctors, and retailers.
From the AOA:
Change is coming to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs with new rules that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) say indicate a move toward simplicity and flexibility, but AOA believes even more could be done to make the program work.