16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
It is imperative that the following parameters be included in a contact lens prescription: brand (due to material, breathability, comfort, vision, and fit), base curve (to prevent complications that result from a lens that is too tight or too loose), power (of course so the patient can see), wearing schedule (to prevent infections and other complications that can result in scarring and vision loss) and an expiration date (to prevent patients from ordering contact lenses without having their eyes checked to be sure complications due to possible improper care and usage are caught early and treated, ensure power is correct and patient does not order a year supply only to realize their power has changed). All of the above reasons are in the very best interest of the patient/consumer, to protect the vision and health of their eyes. Contact lenses are a medical device, and if not prescribed carefully and monitored on a yearly basis regarding the care and usage, the patient is being but at risk and us as optometrists are not doing our job, which is to ensure the health, safety and clearest vision for our patients.