WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 10 that is seeking public comment
on proposed amendments to the Contact Lens Rule, in addition to a multitude of
other issues related to the rule.
The rule, which went into effect in
2004, promotes competition in the retail sale of contact lenses by facilitating
consumers’ ability to comparison shop for contact lenses. Eye care presribers and contact lens sellers are given mandates to follow. Prescribers
must provide consumers with a copy of their prescription after they receive an
eye exam. Contact lens vendors must sell their lenses only to consumers that
can show a valid prescription.
proposed changes come after it sought public comment in September 2015 on the
costs, benefits and impact of the Contact Lens Rule. After reviewing the 660
comments from interested parties and stakeholders, the agency determined it
would be beneficial to increase compliance with the automatic prescription
The FTC voted 3-0 to approve the
Federal Register notice. It will be published in the Federal Register soon, and comments will be taken until Jan. 30, 2017.