16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As an optometrist working at the student health center at NYU, one of my daily tasks is to evaluate the fit and corneal integrity of current contact lens wearers. All too often, I see signs of abuse and contact lens over-wear. The benefit of annual check-ups allows the patient to be reminded of their role and responsibility as a contact lens wearer and allows the doctor to prevent any contact lens related complications due to a poorly fitting lens. I also see a large amount of foreign exchange students coming from countries where the purchase of contact lenses is not regulated. Time and time again, I have students thanking me for being so thorough in selecting a lens that is perfect for their needs. Patients often come in thinking they want a specific lens because it was recommended by a friend, but after evaluating the patient's ocular surface we are able to find a lens that surpasses their expectations. It is important to maintain that contact lenses are medical devices and should be monitored and regulated as such. With the cooperation of contact lens companies and the medical community, we can offer the safest option for our patients.