December 01, 2007
In 2001, Tim Steinemann, MD, and his residents treated a 14-year-old girl with a contact-lens related Pseudomonas corneal ulcer. The contact lenses were decorative and were purchased over-the-counter (OTC). Dr. Steinemann and his residents went about telling their story. The AAO worked aggressively with other organizations to oppose new FDA rules that allowed OTC sale of contacts. After vigorous lobbying by all the groups involved, the bill was signed into law in November 2005 and enacted in January 2006.