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Contact Lens Quantity Limits

Contact lens and case


Congress’ 2003 Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 2004 Contact Lens Rule requires that contact lens sellers provide for prescribers the quantity of contact lenses ordered when they verify a prescription. However, there is no quantity limit (or a maximum) number of contacts a patient may purchase per individual prescription. Quantity limits serve as a safeguard to ensure patients have access to the products they need, while preventing excessive orders that that may harm patient health.

J&J Vision position: The life of a contact lens prescription should not undermine the medically-recommended one-year contact lens prescription expiration limit – and that includes extending the limit through purchasing excessive quantities of contact lenses.

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