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Optometry Is a Legislated Profession, and Hearing from You Makes the Difference

Dear Eye Doctors,

At this year’s Optometry’s Meeting, I hope you saw and heard – as I did – how eye health advocacy was front and center.

From our opening ceremony presentation to the Johnson & Johnson Vision booth, and the conversations we shared throughout the meeting, you told us what motivates you to stand up for your patients and your colleagues.

Optometry Is a Legislated Profession and Hearing from You Makes the Difference

Your stories reaffirmed for me, as the director of advocacy for Johnson & Johnson Vision, not only what’s at stake, but the opportunity to continue what we’ve started together – promoting the policies that will mean the most to your patients.

If you missed us at Optometry’s Meeting, don’t worry! You can still join the conversation. Post a photo and share your #WhyEyeAdvocate story with us and other eye health advocates on social media to continue the conversation.



What Else Can You Do?

Many of you asked me what you can do to be an advocate and have your voice heard. Here’s how you can take action:

  • In the exam room: Remind your patients that the choice you make when prescribing is not about the power of the contact lens prescription, but about the contact lens parameters that impact their health.
  • On your watch: Share possible illegal and unsafe contact lens sales incidents with enforcement and policy agencies by accessing the resources at the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) website: Reporting Contact Lens Violations to the FDA and FTC. You can also report any contact lens complications or adverse events directly to the FDA's MedWatch website.
  • When speaking with policymakers: Raise your voice – whether it’s at the state or federal level – to continue to amplify the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and eye health.

As always, we look forward to continuing our work with you, the AOA, and the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety to advocate for patient eye health.

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