16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Just this past week, I had a patient with a visually significant corneal ulcer as a result of contact lens abuse. When I questioned him (or her) about his lenses, he replied that he has been buying contact lenses online for years without a prescription (I do not know if he was compliant with changing the lenses). He did not, until that day, understand the importance of treating contact lenses as a medical device that should be monitored by an eye care professional. This is only one case of many. Unfortunately, many times these infections can lead to scarring which may be permanent loss of vision. Patients do not know the risks because they get mixed messages from the online companies trying to make profit and their eye doctor trying to ensure optimal vision. I encourage you to consider the implications of the act and rule in favor of the patients-- to protect their vision by having a qualified professional monitor ocular health.