16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00038

Submission Number:
00038
Commenter:
Keisha Williford
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As an optometrist and a Contact Lens Prescriber, I believe in maintaining a 1 year expiration on all contact lens prescription secondary to monitoring the health of the corneas and vision changes, especially for kids. I've seen my share of people who over wear contact lenses which can cause corneal scarring and potentially lead to permanent decreases in vision. I have also encountered patients who were able to fill expired contact lens prescriptions for a number of years through entities such as 1-800-Contacts without a current exam. One patient in particular had permanent corneal scarring from contact lens overwear that we were not able to prevent from occurring since it had been years since her previous exam, and she was still able to get contact lenses online with expired prescription. This also ties into the potential damage that can be caused by substituting to different contact lens brand without the permission of the prescribing doctor. We consider the health and curvature of the corneas, as well as replacement schedule best suited for each and every patient in our decision making in choosing a particular brand and fit of contact lenses. Unauthorized switching of brands may compromise the health of the corneas. Best Regards, Keisha A. Willliford, OD