16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Prevent Blindness applauds the Federal Trade Commission for maintaining the Contact Lens Rule, promulgated in 2004 pursuant to the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act. The Rule is intended to facilitate the ability of consumers to comparison shop for contact lenses while ensuring that contact lenses are sold only in accordance with a valid prescription. It requires that eyecare prescribers provide a copy of a prescription to the consumer upon completion of a contact lens fitting and verify or provide prescriptions to authorized third parties. In response to your request for comments, on behalf of Prevent Blindness, the nation's leading voluntary eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight, I assert that there is a continuing need for this rule. Further, we believe that the Rule should be extended to require that prescribers provide a duplicate copy of a prescription to a patient who does not currently have access to the original. It is a basic consumer right to own one's prescriptions and have them filled -- or not -- based on their personal choice, and to not be forced to fill prescriptions where the provider dictates. On behalf of the millions of Americans we represent, thank you for your attention to ensuring that patients have continued access to safe and effective eye care options.