Your contact lens rights are being threatened (and what you can do about it).

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In 2003, Congress recognized that you need access to your prescription and passed a federal law that requires eye doctors to proactively provide every patient with a copy of their prescription so you can have the freedom to buy contacts wherever you choose.

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17 years later, independent studies show that up to 50% of eye doctors still fail to comply with the law and don’t release prescriptions. Why? They make more money when they limit your choices.

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To try to get eye doctors to actually follow the law, the bipartisan Federal Trade Commission unanimously voted to update the Contact Lens Rule to require eye doctors to get your signature, confirming you received your prescription.

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Eye doctors don’t like this much (actually, they hate it), so they’ve joined forces with deep-pocketed manufacturers to lobby against the change to the Contact Lens Rule so they can keep limiting your choices (and overcharging you) by withholding your prescription.

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Eye doctors argue that collecting your signature requires too much effort, cost, and paperwork. It’s odd how they’re happy to have you sign piles of documents that protect themselves (ever notice the arbitration agreement they slipped into your stack of paperwork?) but claim it’s an expensive burden when the document protects you.

Here’s how eye doctors make their money:

Up to 50% of eye doctors’ income doesn’t come from providing a medical service but from selling you contacts and glasses.
Eye doctors sell what they prescribe, which is a conflict of interest.
Contact lens manufacturers pay eye doctors to prescribe their products, using rebates and other payments to reward them for prescribing you one product vs another.
Think about it this way—ever wonder why eye doctors only give you one option for contacts instead of presenting a range of choices? Probably because of that manufacturer program.

The result? Eye doctors have a vested interest in finding ways to limit your choice so they make more money. It’s why they form special interest groups and spend millions lobbying to reduce consumer choice for buying contacts.

Special interest groups are threatening your rights.

Optical industry special interest groups and contact lens manufacturers are lobbying to stop the FTC’s changes to the Contact Lens Rule that give you more choice, more control, and better prices.

Don’t let a special interest lobbyist be the only voice Senator Blunt hears.

One simple thing you can do to protect your rights.

A simple email, call, or tweet is enough to have your voice heard. Here’s how you can contact Senator Blunt: