Japanese manufacturers will no longer sell thick contact lenses
Posted On July 5, 2021
Japan’s top optical manufacturers are withdrawing from the Japanese market for thick contact lens products, after the government mandated that manufacturers provide thick lenses to help prevent vision loss in the event of a head injury.
The move by Japanese manufacturers to abandon the market has prompted a backlash from Japanese lawmakers and lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
However, industry insiders say the government’s decision was necessary to protect consumers, especially those who rely on thick contact glasses.
Thick contact lenses are among the most popular types of contact lenses used in Japan, and they are used in schools and other places where a person needs to be able to see.
The new rules, announced in December, came into effect in the wake of an increasing number of fatal accidents in which a person fell to the ground from a height of 20 meters (65 feet).
In March, the country experienced a series of such accidents, with one man dying after falling from a 20-meter (65-foot) height.
In February, a 24-year-old woman in the city of Kanagawa was found unconscious in a park, and her condition deteriorated to cardiac arrest when she fell into a pond.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The next month, a 23-year old woman died after falling into a shallow pond in Kanagawas capital of Tokyo.
She also succumbed to cardiac failure.
The Japanese government said the new rules would help prevent further accidents and injuries.
“The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Justice have announced that they will not approve or issue new applications for the sale of thick contact [lens] products,” a ministry official said.
The Ministry of Education and Science, which oversees education, has said it will review the new rule after considering public comments and public concerns.
The ministry is also working to set up a safety committee that will determine the impact of the new regulations on the industry.
The official said the ministry had also asked for a study of the impact on the business of manufacturers and suppliers.
The government said that the thin contact lens will be sold in stores, but it has not yet set a firm timetable for when the new regulation will be implemented.
“As long as we have the regulations in place, we are confident that our customers will not face any problems.
But we will look into the new products if necessary,” the official said, adding that the ministry was planning to set an industry meeting next week to review the safety of the thin-contact lens market.