16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I believe it is in the patient's best interest for the patient to have a say in which contact lens they end up selecting for their eyes based on how they would like the lenses to perform. That is already the biggest part of the initial contact lens fitting process. The final part, the evaluation of the fit, is more important the the patient may realize, though. There is more too contact lens fitting than base curve, diameter, and power. Just ask any rep from any contact lens manufacturer. They will not even mention those values. Because that is not what makes a particular contact lens correct for one person, and another option better for the next person of all else is equal. That ever changing landscape of contact lens attributes is what requires the expert level understanding of what the various brands offer and what allows those fitting contact lenses to make selection suggestion based on the needs of the patient. Where the patient elects to buy their lenses really should be up to the patient, but the contact lens selection process should include high value input from an expert, in the context of what the patient wants/ needs/ can afford, in the interest of corneal health, comfortable vision, and longevity of contact lenses being an option for vision correction.