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    Media Statement

    Vancouver, January 21, 2011

    The following is a statement from BC Association of Optometrists President Dr. Antoinette Dumalo on news regarding Clearly Contacts’ donation to and support for BC Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon. Kevin Falcon was B.C.’s Minister of Health Services in May 2010 when B.C. became the only jurisdiction in North America to allow consumers to order eyeglasses and contact lenses online without prescription verification:

     
    “Since BC became the only jurisdiction in North America to allow consumers to order eyeglasses and contact lenses online without a prescription in May 2010, BC optometrists have loudly voiced their concern that these ‘buyer beware’ regulations pose a grave health risk to consumers.
     
    “Serious eye diseases and disorders will go undetected under these unprecedented regulations, as patients are able to obtain new eyeglasses and contact lenses without having a valid prescription.
     
    “The regressive regulations were put in place to benefit online businesses such as Clearly Contacts. To best protect the eye health of consumers, the regulations should be reversed, so BC is aligned with every other jurisdiction in North America.”

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    For more information contact:
    Mahafrine Petigara, media relations, 604.623.3007