Description: Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee in defense of the Federal Trade Commission’s Contact Lens Rule. Urging the Committee not to include any provision in upcoming spending bills that would delay, overturn, or undermine the FTC’s recent update to the Rule. The update better ensures that the core purpose of the Rule — requiring eye doctors to give patients a copy of their contact lens prescription, so they can choose where to shop for lenses — can be enforced. To address widespread failure to comply, the FTC’s update requires eye doctors to keep a record of the patient’s confirmation of having received the prescription.
Consumer Reports has strongly supported the Contact Lens Rule from the beginning, and the FTC’s recent consideration of updates to ensure it is working effectively.