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FTC to Host Public Workshop on Proposed Changes to Its Ophthalmic Practice Rules, also Known as the Eyeglass Rule, in May in Washington, DC
FTC Sends Cease and Desist Letters to Prescribers Regarding Potential Violations of the Commission’s Contact Lens Rule
FTC Proposes Updating Eyeglass Rule to Require Prescribers to Get Signed Confirmation When Providing a Prescription to Their Patients
FTC Returning More Than $1.9 Million to Consumers Nationwide Who Purchased Hubble Contact Lenses Without Properly Obtained or Verified Prescriptions
In January 2022, New York City-based Vision Path, Inc., the online seller of direct-to-consumer Hubble lenses, agreed pay penalties and redress totaling $3.5 million to settle FTC charges that it violated the Contact Lens Rule in several ways, including by failing to obtain prescriptions and to properly verify prescription information, and by substituting Hubble lenses for those actually prescribed to consumers. The FTC also alleged the company violated the FTC Act when it failed to disclose that many reviews of Hubble lenses were not by unbiased consumers but were written by reviewers who were compensated for their reviews, and, in at least one instance, by one of its own executives.