16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
The FCLCA is completely worthless with its passive verification of prescriptions that are allowed by lens sellers, and lets consumers down by permitting abusive practices of some lens sellers. Contact lenses are a medical device available by prescription only for very good reason: They can and do cause harm to the eyes when not fitting appropriately or need changes made. Active verification of prescriptions is needed to eliminate unnecessary risks to the vision of unsuspecting patients. Any claim that this is anti-competitive is foolish nonsense. Patients will not seek the services of doctors who give them difficulty in obtaining verification of a valid prescription. THAT's the free market at work. Similarly, enforceable quantity limits are necessary. A patient who, 11.75 months from their exam, just two weeks before their prescription expires, should not be allowed to buy another year's worth of lenses when changes may be needed for their safety. Start treating contact lenses like the medical device they are and start respecting the clinical judgment of doctors. Thank you.