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Contact Lens Prescription Verification Process



To ensure eye health and vision safety, Congress’ Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) and the Federal Trade Commission’s Contact Lens Rule requires sellers to verify consumers’ prescription with their eye care provider prior to dispensing contact lenses.

Congress enacted the FCLCA to improve consumers’ ability to access quality contact lenses; however, the current contact lens prescription verification process doesn’t always work as intended. “Passive” verification of prescriptions allows online retailers to sell contact lenses to patients without active prescriber verification.

J&J Vision Position: There is a need to modernize the process in response to the evolution of the marketplace in the more than 10 years since the process was introduced in 2004 through the FCLCA. The FTC should take steps to address loopholes in the current passive verification system so that consumers receive the exact lenses prescribed and sellers do not process contact lens orders for excessive quantities.

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