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Breaking News: FTC Proposes Changes to the Contact Lens Rule

On November 10, based on its 10 year review of the Contact Lens Rule, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking. Specifically, the proposal, if finalized, would require contact lens prescribers to obtain a patient’s signed acknowledgment that must state:

My eye care professional provided me with a copy of my contact lens prescription at the completion of my contact lens fitting, and; I understand I am free to purchase contact lenses from the seller of my choice.

The proposal would also require prescribers to keep a copy of this signed acknowledgement for 3 years.

In addition to this amendment, the FTC is soliciting comment on three additional provisions:

  • Additional Mechanisms for Improving Prescription Portability;
  • Additional Copies of Prescriptions; and
  • Sellers Designated to Act on Behalf of Patients.

Next Steps

Following this notice, there is one more step in the rulemaking process: the FTC is seeking public comment on its proposals and related questions from all interested parties on or before January 30, 2017.

As the manufacturers of ACUVUE® brand lenses, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. remains committed to standing behind policies that protect patient eye health and vision safety. In the coming weeks, we will be working with the American Optometric Association and other partners in the Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety to ensure that the FTC’s final decision is informed by the input of the eye care professional community.

To eye care professionals around the country, thank you for your continued commitment to promoting patients’ health and safety. Feel free to share your perspectives, insights, and feedback by contacting

Periodically, members of JJVCI’s leadership – including JJVCI President, Peter Menziuso, ODs Dr. Millicent Knight and Dr. Carol Alexander, and others – offer timely legislative updates, stories from the field, and their perspective on current opportunities and challenges within the vision care profession.

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