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Eyes on Washington

Dr. Carol Alexander shares steps lawmakers can take to ensure patients have safe access and choice in today's marketplace.
Dr. Carol Alexander shares steps lawmakers can take to ensure patients have safe access and choice in today's marketplace. 

Today, the Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill about critical issues impacting today’s eye care community. Keeping policymakers and their staff members up-to-date about issues facing the industry helps them make educated decisions; and on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision and the ACUVUE® Brand, I was pleased to share our perspective on how valuable the relationship between doctor and patient is in protecting eye health when wearing contact lenses.

The Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act (CLCHPA), first introduced in 2016, would ensure patients have access to the exact contact lenses prescribed to them by their eye care professional, and takes steps to improve the passive verification system. 

Last year, vision care advocates sent over 6,000 letters to their members of Congress asking for support for the CLCHPA—sending a powerful message that after 10 years of experience with the Fairness to Contact Lens Act and The Contact Lens Rule there are modifications that would better protect patients’ health and safety in a mark place of contact lens consumerism.  

We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress as we make our voices heard in Congress, and I hope that you will continue to email me with your perspectives, insights, and feedback.