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.
Misleading messaging on 1-800 Contacts’ website and other concerns related to the retailers’ ExpressExam were remedied after recent AOA actions.
AOA Board of Trustees adopts Oct. 16 recommendations of its Telehealth Council, which consulted leaders in the technology platform, artificial intelligence, and eye health and vision care in a nearly yearlong reimagination of the 2017 AOA policy.
Doctors can take an active role in supporting the AOA’s contact lens advocacy by reporting illegal sales or adverse events related to contact lenses.
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With the COVID-19 crisis, the AOA had to change its plans for a profession- and nationwide campaign proclaiming 2020 the year of the comprehensive eye exam. The essentialness of eye exams remains but the public awareness campaign changed. And perseveres. See how AOA adjusted.
In a major development, the Veterans Health Affairs eliminated a recent directive on laser procedures and made significant changes to its eye care policy.
The AOA and state affiliates brought the issue to the highest level of government in a letter to President Trump, urging the administration to take action, “to stop the FTC from enacting this dangerous rule change and harming thousands of essential small business health care practices.”
A company selling a brand of colored contact lenses online without federal clearance or a doctor's prescription has announced it is voluntarily recalling hundreds of pairs of its product nationwide.
Federal regulators finalized new Contact Lens Rule mandates on prescribers despite years of opposition from not only the AOA but also members of Congress, prompting optometry's advocates to press for fairness and full accountability in the regulatory process going forward.
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. The AOA continues to press Atlantic magazine editors on the Mounk article's inaccuracies.