16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00147

Submission Number:
00147
Commenter:
Kevin Wells
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
The internet contact lens companies continue to fill expired or non-existent contact lens prescriptions at will. They send the verifications on the weekends or after hours when offices are closed. Or, they have a robo-call to verify that is intelligible with no way of calling back to try to confirm the prescription. They will also switch the brand of contacts from the prescription to another brand in which they have a higher profit margin. The doctor prescribes a contact lens material and design based on the need of the patient. Contact lens retailers should not be able to switch the contact lens brand. This endangers patient health. They claim to be saving the consumer money. But with large retailers now selling contacts, internet contact lens retailers are not saving patients any more money than they are already saving. Recently, the major contact lens companies instituted minimum pricing policies that ensure that patients will be getting the best prices on contact lenses anywhere they choose to purchase them. In order to keep the ocular health of the American people as healthy as possible, I ask that you re-write the FCLCA so that retailers can not deviate from prescriptions nor fill expired or non-existent prescriptions. Thank you for your concern. Sincerely, Kevin W. Wells, OD, FAAO Diplomate, American Board of Optometry