Controversial contact lens proposal made

Controversial contact lens proposal made

By Alexa Kaczka

A controversial proposal which would see opticians banned from prescribing contact lenses has been made by one eyecare body.

According to the Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO), many opticians lack sufficient training to be able to prescribe contact lenses to patients, and the process should instead be left up to professional optometrists, the Star Online reported.

Now the Association of Malaysian Optometrists has called on the country"s health ministry to prevent opticians from prescribing contact lenses unless they have the necessary training and experience which optometrists undergo.

The organisation called for opticians who wished to prescribe or dispense contact lenses to be required to obtain a bachelor"s degree in optometry first of all.

Meanwhile, the global contact lens market is continuing its exponential growth, with recent figures by market research firm GfK Asia revealing that sales of contact lenses in Malaysia increased by 12 per cent from the end of 2009 to the close of 2010.

by Adrian Galbreth

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