16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As an optometrist, it may seem as if I have a conflict of interest commenting here. The bottom line is that Contact lens complications that arise from over wear, extended wear and wearing a CL that was never prescribed do not occur often but when they do occur they can be devastating. Any eye doctor has a story they can tell about a case they have or had of permanently decreased vision caused by one of the above problems. Having patients present a current contact lens Rx, and not allowing an online CL company to Rx a different lens or one that has not been verified as correct or unexpired is not too much to ask. But allowing only 8 business hours to verify an Rx is not enough time given that many offices are not open on weekends, evenings or may be without an authority that can authorize Rxs due to offices being closed, vacations etc. A pharmacist would not be allowed to change a med Rx without authorization no matter how long it took to reach the provider. Consumers deserve choice but they also deserve proper care. Eye doctors want to provide proper care and make a living, not a killing. I'm not sure online contact lens companies can say the same.