16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I am writing to express my concerns regarding online purchasing of contacts lenses. I have witnessed many time, patients coming into my office wearing lenses that were not prescribed and purchased online. Contacts have specific material, base curve and diameters. I take all these attributes into account for each specific patient. I have to make changes often based on improper fitting or other ocular complications. It is extremely important that contacts lens wearers return annually for evaluation of their ocular health-including the cornea and internal eye health. About 5 years ago, I found a malignant tumor inside a patient's eye. This tumor was the metastatic kind and would have spread to other organs and possibly killed her. Fortunately, we found it and the patient was treated with a local radiation plague that prevented it from spreading. Annual eye exams are very important for contact lens patients and everyone else. Thank you.