Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going in 2017
In December, I shared with you my vision for 2017: to work together—as we have so many times before—to address new challenges and create more opportunities for patient eye health and safety advocates to make their voices heard.
That vision is already becoming a reality this year. On behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision (JJV) and the ACUVUE® Brand, I am inspired by the impact that eye care professionals and patients across the country have had on vision care proposals by raising their voices and offering their invaluable perspectives on how new policies will affect patient eye health and vision safety.
Where We Stand
As we strive to bring forth new contact lens technologies to address unmet patient vision care needs this year, JJV remains committed to supporting policies across the country—from the states to the federal level— that help to ensure our ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are used safely and effectively.
I also encourage you to check out our library of vision care advocacy resources available on our website. There you’ll find helpful materials that provide an in-depth look at why JJV supports these policies (and more), news on the latest issues that may affect your patients and practices, and links to other tools that make it easier than ever to weigh in with lawmakers and their staff.
As I reflect on the incredible effort made by vision care advocates to weigh in on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule, I am reminded of the power of numbers.
In 2015, about 700 commenters weighed in with the FTC on its proposed changes. This year, 2,300 commenters—predominantly eye care providers—made their voices heard. I want to thank the many eye care professionals who offered their thoughtful, personalized comments on behalf of their patients.
In a few short months, JJV will join eye care professionals from across the country at Optometry’s Meeting, sponsored by the American Optometric Association (AOA). This year’s meeting will be held in Washington, DC—a timely meeting location as we focus on the importance of vision care advocacy.
We look forward to sharing our advocacy efforts over the past year—highlighting milestones for which patients and providers made a real difference in promoting a better future for vision care. We are especially excited to unveil our brand new Advocacy Website and online advocacy learning tool, Advocacy Academy.
JJV and ACUVUE® Brand teams thank you for your commitment to patient eye health and vision safety as we hit the ground running together to stand up for patients in 2017.
Millicent L. Knight, OD, FAAO, FAARM
Vice President, Professional Affairs, North America
Johnson & Johnson Vision
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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