16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00470

Submission Number:
00470
Commenter:
Veronica Barber
State:
California
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Contact lenses are regulated by the FDA because they have the potential to cause harm and reduced vision if not worn properly or cared for correctly. It is my duty to prescribe these lenses and advise my patients in their proper care and replacement. This is a task that I uphold with great diligence. I feel that the general public does not fully understand the expertise with which Optometrists protect ocular health and maintain visual clarity. Many patients think that it's fine to just keep ordering the same lenses online without renewing their prescription. This can lead to reduced sharpness of vision at best and potentially sight threatening infections at worst. I implore you to improve the regulation of contact lens sales and protect consumers by continuing to require a valid prescription for every contact lens purchase. Thank you, Dr. Veronica Barber