16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I believe patients have a right to their properly obtained contact lens prescription from a properly trained OD, MD, or DO. Issues do occur when patients obtain lenses from an expired precription or are given lenses that are "equivalent" a common practice of online retailers. The allowed practice of telephone verification by retailers of a contact lens prescription needs to be changed. A retailer would not need to verify if it was in the possession of a valid written prescription. This behavior shows retailers treat contact lenses as a commodity not a medical device only obtainable by prescription. The abuse of contact lenses can lead to permanent vision loss and corneal scarring affecting the lives of patients and increasing healthcare costs. The rules for a contact lens prescription need to be strenghtened to prevent abuse. Again I will attest, my personal belief is all patients have the right to their contact lens prescription it just needs to be under the medical guidance of an OD, MD, or DO.