This week, APS wrote Michigan lawmakers to voice concerns about HB4356, which jeopardizes the vision health of roughly 1.5 million contact lens-wearing patients in Michigan.
HB 4356 places the commercial interests of certain retailers ahead of patient health and safety by removing the critical doctor-patient relationship from the center of care. This undermines the foundation of current patient protection standards and will lead to more cases of improper dispensing and use of contact lenses, which already cause nearly 1 million additional health care visits and $175 million in added healthcare costs each year.
Read the full letter to Michigan lawmakers here.
The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) today sent a letter to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp urging him to protect his constituents’ vision safety by maintaining Georgia’s strong safeguards that ensure vision exams are conducted by doctors and that vision care decisions are made in close consultation between the patient and eyecare provider. Read the letter here.Read more
Senator Heidi Heitkamp sent a letter to the FTC raising concerns about online contact lens distributors not requiring customers to have a valid prescription. Senator Heitkamp outlines several of the dangers of this activity. The full text of the letter is below, and can be viewed here as well.Read more
Senator John Hoeven wrote a letter to the FTC voicing his concerns that the proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule would unfairly burden small optometry practices in his home state and urging the commission to reconsider the rule. The full text of the letter is below, and can be viewed here as well.Read more