Congress rallies behind AOA-backed FTC letter

Nearly 60 Members of Congress signed a bipartisan letter calling on the FTC to withdraw its burdensome contact lens prescription acknowledgment proposal after robust AOA member outreach and AOA's continued efforts to counter the plan.

Championed by Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), the letter was sent to FTC Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen on Monday, and called the agency's proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule an unnecessary requirement for patients and costly regulatory burden for doctors, "which appears to be based on limited evidence."

The FTC proposal would require contact lens prescribers to obtain from each contact lens patient a signed document indicating receival of the prescription and keep such records on file for at least three years. An independent analysis suggests the mandate would cost a solo-practitioner's office nearly $19,000 in year one. This, despite the fact, that data from a 2017 FOIA showed only 309 prescription complaints-out of nearly 200 million prescriptions-between 2011 and 2016.

The AOA asks members to continue connecting with lawmakers who haven't yet weighed-in on the issue to consider sending their own stand-alone letters to the FTC. Click here for AOA's fact sheet, and use AOA's Online Legislative Action Center to send a request to your lawmakers. Have questions or need help, contact Matt Willette in the AOA's Washington office.