16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As an eyecare provider, for close to 30 years, I have seen, countless times, the ill effects of both over worn, and poorly fitting, contact lens. Changing the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act to allow substitution of lenses is preposterous as it replaces a fitted contact lens with a non-fitted contact lens. Seeing that each contact lens has it's own fitting characteristics,and replacement interval, a "substitute lens" that has never been seen on the eye, can pose both permanent visual and ocular health hazards and can even result in blindness. Allowing this substitution only benefits the online vendors that HAVE NEVER SEEN a contact lens on a patient, and is corporate greed at its highest level. Pharmacists are not allowed to change medications without a physicians approval; why should this medical device(contact lenses) be treated any differently? It is also imperative that contact lenses are replacement at intervals as dictated by the FDA are adhered to, and that annual re-evaluation is required to insure the individuals safety and ocular/eye health.