16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Contact lenses, by definition, are a medical device. As such, they can cause blindness in more ways than one. When dispensed in an inappropriate manner, (ie. expired prescriptions, substitution with a different lens, lack of resource to monitor quality control and regulation of online vendors, overt disregard of specific instructions from the prescribing doctor: "Do Not Dispense"), contact lenses can cause injury, permanent disability, and even put a patient's personal life at risk. Unfortunately, it is the public perception that contacts are a cosmetic or mundane product. Increasing pressure from online vendors and grey market sources is continuing to cause more illicit availability to the buying public, and in turn the public's welfare, vision, productivity, and general livelihood is more at risk than ever before. Even non-contact lens related eye conditions, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy are causing further risk and injury when a lens is purchased online in an illicit manner: patients are not returning for timely and appropriate treatment of these conditions, and the online vendor is blatantly ignoring the professional directive of the prescribing doctor. It is an insult to our medical profession when online vendors and other 'big box' entities treat the patient's personal health with no concern. Online vendors are simply in it for the money.