16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I spend time every day evaluating ocular health and educating my patients on proper wear and care of contact lenses. I also often treat eye injuries and conditions cause by contact lens overwear and abuse. For contact lens distributors to fill expired prescriptions, encourage patients to purchase lenses other than what is prescribed, and to send prescription verification requests after regular business hours is not only an insult to our expertise but also an endangerment to patient welfare. There is a reason that contact lenses are FDA medical devices, and they need to be treated as such, not as the mere commodity that they have become. Eyesight is precious, and I am trying to do everything I can to make sure my patients keep theirs.