Statement: American Optometric Association Meets with FTC to Discuss Proposed Contact Lens Rules, Advocate for Patient Safety

Contact: Deirdre Middleton
703.837.1347; dmiddleton@aoa.org

May 26, 2017 --  In addition to our comments to the FTC in January, AOA leaders and staff are continuing to urge agency officials to withdraw this harmful proposal that would impose new paperwork burdens on doctors and patients while not addressing the predatory practices of some online contact lens sellers which have the potential to harm patients and increase health care costs.

This meeting follows in-person meetings AOA conducted last week with key House and Senate leaders, including Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH) and Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) on Capitol Hill to discuss the status of legislation to overhaul the health care system and to advocate for patient health and safety.

During the week of June 19th, thousands of AOA doctors and students will have the chance to present the organization's priorities to U.S. Senators and House members as part of AOA on Capitol Hill, expected to be optometry's largest-ever advocacy event.