16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I am a current optometry student and have just studied the importance of contact lens training. There are many factors that go into selecting the right contact lens for the patient, and as optometrists part of our job is to train and educate patients on contact lens wear and care. If prescription expiration dates are extended to five years, MANY patients will overwear their contacts because it will lessen their expenses, but they are putting their eye health and their vision in jeopardy by doing so. There are many factors that also go into glasses prescriptions that need to be addressed and evaluated at yearly exams. Many ocular disease are discovered and immediately treated at yearly exams, so extending glasses expiration date will put more patients at risk for undiagnosed ocular disease. The selling of unauthorized contact lenses or the selling of contact lenses to patients without valid prescriptions is extremely dangerous to the consume, as many (if not all) "discounted contact lens" companies do not care about the patient's ocular health, only their sale of contact lenses. Thank you.