After AOA response, 'Scam' writer issues clarification, lauds eye exams
In the face of AOA's immediate media advocacy response, the Atlantic magazine writer who last week attacked optometry and eye exams as a "scam" has issued a clarification. In response to a November 27 letter from AOA President Barbara L. Horn, O.D., Yascha Mounk tweeted a public message to his 57,000+ followers that included the following clarifying statement:
"To avoid all misunderstandings, let me be crystal clear: Eye exams are a good way to check for a range of dangerous diseases, from progressive blindness to brain tumors. If you have the time and money to visit an optometrist, go make an appointment today!"
The AOA continues to press Atlantic magazine editors on the Mounk article's inaccuracies. In light of the writer's clarification, Dr. Horn is re-affirming AOA's call for a retraction and, belatedly, a monitored fact-checking process.
Online contact lens retailer, Vision Direct UK, to halt sales without required prescriptions after AOA complaints
After years of the AOA alerting the company of regulatory and legal requirements regarding contact lens sales, Vision Direct recently announced on its website that it was halting its no-prescription service.
The advocacy collaborative fighting for patient safety and the doctor-patient relationship reports on a productive 2020, despite COVID-19 challenges, and recently welcomed Alcon as its newest member.
At Nov. 17 FDA workshop, doctors of optometry warn of a lack of communication regarding the safety of online vision tests. The AOA, which continues to educate the public on these mobile apps and to hold them accountable, offers its expertise.