16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Patients that purchase contact lenses on line or through mail delivery companies are, more often than not, non-compliant regarding necessary follow-up eyecare and safe use of the contact lenses. They have a much higher rate of adverse effects such as vision threatening eye infections and inflammatory complications, as they usually over-wear their contact lenses and avoid seeking eyecare when they have a complication. As an eyecare practitioner who has fitted thousands of people with contact lenses, I see the effects of improper contact lens care habits on a weekly basis. Patients that are required to see their eye doctor in order to renew a contact lens prescription have a much lower risk of problems, as they are routinely advised on proper, safe use of contact lenses. And if complications arise, they can only be diagnosed and treated through an eye evaluation performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.