16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Changes to the Contact Lens Rule need to be made to better protect the patient and the health of their eyes instead of placing them further into harms' way. I have had countless patients (new to our eye care practice) tell me that they have ordered contacts online without a current prescription and they have changed the parameters over the years. In multiple instances the curvature of the lens was changed which led to a tighter fitting lens and resulted in lack of oxygen flow to the cornea causing swelling and blood vessel growth towards and into the cornea. In other cases, prescriptions were changed which led to an over-correction and headaches and focusing issues. Certain retailers are also skirting the system and not appropriately verify prescriptions by either calling the office on a late night over the weekend and by the time we are able to respond they have already shipped the contact lenses. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and stricter guidelines need to be in place to make sure dispensers are held responsible for accurately filling the prescriptions just as a pharmacy is held accountable for filling medications.