The global e-commerce retailer again came to the AOA’s attention over posts from contact lens sellers that didn’t appear to meet FCLCA patient protection provisions requiring valid prescriptions.
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.
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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.
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.”