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Let's open the market for contact lenses in the manner Congress intended

Contact lenses are a staple in the daily lives of more than 40 million Americans, which makes it crucial that consumers have easy access to them. That's what's at stake in a current debate before U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which is considering a simple and commonsense rule to require optometrists to sign an acknowledgement that they provide each patient with a copy of his or her prescription.The proposed rule has received widespread support from progressives, free-market groups and...

Congress shouldn't weaken contact lens law: George Flaggs

CLOSE If you wear contacts regularly, there's a really good chance you have slept in them a few times. But what really happens to your eyes when you forget to take out your lenses? USA TODAY NETWORKMayor George Flaggs Jr. sitting in his Vicksburg, Miss., office.(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)Competition and the free market are cornerstones of the Mississippi and American economies, but some products still experience anticompetitive behavior, which raises prices and hampers...

Ask Ethan: Why Don't We Build A Telescope Without Mirrors Or Lenses?

Large Area Imager for Calar Alto (LAICA) / J.W. FriedPlacing a CCD array at the prime focus of a telescope or observatory is a surefire way to get an outstanding image; a technique that's been in use for well over 100 years. But is it possible to use CCDs in place of a mirror or lens entirely?For hundreds of years, the principle behind the telescope has been as simple as it gets: build a lens or mirror to collect a large amount of light, focus that light onto a detector (like an eye, a...