Tell Senators to join Lankford-Sinema letter

Sens. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, are leading a bipartisan Senate sign-on letter urging the FTC to reconsider new requirements for eye doctors proposed under the commission's recent supplementary changes to the Contact Lens Rule. The AOA is calling for an all-out advocacy push to gain Senate signers for this letter.

As it stands, the FTC's mandate would require eye doctors nationwide to satisfy new confirmation of prescription release requirements after the provision of each new contact lens prescription. The FTC estimates this mandate would cost doctors and patients more than $13 million annually. This despite the FTC's own data showing little more than 300 consumer complaints out of roughly 200 million contact lens prescriptions issued over a recent five-year period, with more than half of those unrelated to any violation of the rule.

More than 100 House and Senate members have already registered their concerns; however, more voices are now needed as the FTC seeks additional comments on supplementary changes and looks to soon finalize.

Help make optometry's voice heard before the FTC's final decision. Urge your senators to join the Lankford-Sinema sign-on letter by sending them a message through AOA's Online Legislative Action Center.

Contact AOA staffer Matt Willette with questions or concerns.