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Mere commoditization

Contact lens “gray markets,” deregulation pose real concerns for our patients’ health.

AOA's ’31 in 31’ campaign spotlights bad actors in contact lens market

The annual campaign directs scrutiny on retailers skirting contact lens market protections. Help support the AOA’s contact lens advocacy by reporting such illegal sales or adverse events.

AOA pushes Amazon to sufficiently address inappropriate contact lens sales

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.

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APS welcomes Alcon, reflects on year of advocacy successes

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.

AOA to FDA: Patients need guidance on risks of online vision apps

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.

AOA demands lead to change at 1-800 Contacts

Misleading messaging on 1-800 Contacts’ website and other concerns related to the retailers’ ExpressExam were remedied after recent AOA actions.

AOA spearheads conditions for evolution of telemedicine technology

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.

Breaking through the pandemic

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.

VA rescinds laser policy, opens path to full recognition of optometric care

In a major development, the Veterans Health Affairs eliminated a recent directive on laser procedures and made significant changes to its eye care policy.