16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Contact lenses are greatly misused by the public and very few of them understand the dangers of not wearing them properly or caring for them properly. I have many patients a year that present to me as a NEW patient with a red eye from improper use of contacts. Some of these are very serious infections and leave permanent affects on their vision. I live in small town MS and I can take you to four local places that sale colored contacts to whoever without a prescription. Online retailers sale contacts without proper prescriptions every day! I have patients who have changed their own powers and even type of contact with online retailers. This is in direct violation of law but I have no way to prevent it. We doctors need a way to penalize this abuse of our patients. Please strengthen the law regarding how contacts can be bought. Please place punishments for any sale or changing of a current prescription and make it easy for doctors to turn in abuse reports. Online retailors are without oversight as it is now. (I wish I had the ability to attach pictures of my patients.) Thank You.