16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
"I'm sorry but you have caused permanent scarring of your vision because of your overuse of contact lenses." I have said this half a dozen times in the last decade. People have and always abuse the way they wear contacts. When I ask why it is usually because they are lazy. Non compliance is an issue and not having a properly fit contact lens will cause even more harm. Allowing patients to receive wrong or expired contact lens prescriptions based on misleading tactics by contact lens sellers enables these patients to continue to abuse their contact lenses. They cause harm to their vision and to those directly around them - red inflammed and irritated eyes aren't safe driving down the highway. Eye infections and eye health issues increases cost to the healthcare system. Missed work and cost of medications can hurt people's finances. It's a viscious cycle. There has to be a way to allow people the freedom to choose where they put had contact lenses but at the same time ensure they are properly given the correct lenses. I have seen many patients receive what they thought was their contact lens brand but was completely wrong. Having the incorrect prescription is a hazard to the person wearing them and the van full of kids on the highway. I write prescriptions for anyone who has completed a successful fitting. Contact lens sellers should require a valid copy of the prescription in order to fill them. Not just be able to fill it if the doctors office can't reply within 24 hours.. Often times we are so busy - we can't get to it right away - we should have more time to address the validity of an Rx.