16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I have been practicing optometry for 17 years as a non-dispensing OD. This means I don't personally profit from the sales of contacts and glasses. While I respect the patients' rights to fill their prescription with online distributors, the verification system is flawed. I have had many patients who have been able to purchase CLs well beyond their expiration date. The standard of care to maintain healthy eyes and healthy CL fits is to obtain annual exams. Patients who are able to purchase three years or more supply of contacts do not come back for their annual exams and are at risk for CL complications.