The Protectionist Barriers Threatening Ocular Telehealth

Key Points

Telehealth is an important avenue for greater access to vision care.
Historically, the contact lens industry has protected eye doctors from competition by requiring patients to buy contact lenses directly from them instead of shopping around.
The FTC should finalize revisions to the Contact Lens Rule that would protect consumers’ ability to obtain competitively priced contact lenses.
Lawmakers must oppose ongoing legislation that seeks to protect the industry from competition.

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