Lessons from Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act

2004 prescription release legislation for contact lenses benefited consumers, opticians and manufacturers

[one_half]1978 Eyeglasses Rule Passed

Guaranteed eyeglass patients a right to a copy of their prescriptions

Enabled Lens Crafters and the advent of 1-hour on-site preparation of lenses

Resulted in significantly lower prices for eyeglasses, more customer convenience, and faster service


[one_half_last]2004 Contact Lens Rule Passed

Guaranteed contact lens patients a right to a copy of their prescriptions

The contact lens market grew resulting in more eye exams, significant product innovation drove growth

Customers – saving money, buying more lenses, and they have more choices

Optometrists & Manufactures

  • 2003 to 2008 “ophthalmic sector as a whole” grew “250 percent”
  • 2009 – as of “September 2009, the ophthalmic sector as a whole was up 44 percent year-to-date … far ahead of the S&P 500.”
  • 2011 – “the contact lens market remained healthy in2011, with U.S. sales growing 5%”