Lenses to remain available online

5th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

5 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Plans to prohibit the unrestricted sale of contact lenses online will not be supported by a majority, predicts Member of the European Parliament Ria Oomen (Christian democrat, CDA). "People who wear contacts don't need to worry. The people who want to ban sales don't have a leg to stand on."

5 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Plans to prohibit the unrestricted sale of contact lenses online will not be supported by a majority, predicts Member of the European Parliament Ria Oomen (Christian democrat, CDA). "People who wear contacts don't need to worry. The people who want to ban sales don't have a leg to stand on."

Oomen and her Liberal VVD colleague Jules Maaten maintain that people are able to decide for themselves what is good for their eyes. Selling only by prescription will make the lenses unnecessarily expensive, says Oomen.

The British, Irish and Swedes want to stop the unrestricted sale of lenses, as do the socialists in the European Parliament. They want to make a prescription required in all cases. "In actuality that is the system in the US: the seller always monitors whether the lenses are suitable for the person ordering them," says Dorette Corbey (MEP from the Labour PvdA).

The debate on lenses via the internet is in connection with ongoing negotiations on a European law on medical aids.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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