16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I believe there is good intentions behind this law. I agree that patients are entitled to their prescription. However, third parties are horrible at obtain clear confirmation of the validity of the contact lens prescription. Patients apply for old prescriptions to be filled without having an up to date prescription and then we are under a time crunch to stop them from potentially harming their eyes. Contacts are a piece of plastic that you are placing in your eye. Your eyes can change in a year not only in prescription but in tear film production or changes to the connective tissue in the eye. This can drastically change how a contact fits on the eye. Hence why we have prescriptions that are only good for one year so we can as doctors check the health of the contact in the eye. Every year there is a drop out of 18% of our patients who can no longer tolerate contacts due to these changes. It is the sad truth that many times the eye doctors worry more about our patients then they do but that is our job to put patients needs first. We don't let patients fill medicine every year without a check to make sure it's actually working properly, why would this not be extended to every medical device including contacts. Also there is a liability issue. If there is a poor fitting contact that the patient is wearing, who gets blamed, the doctor who fit you in them five years ago when they did fit properly or the secondary supplier who continued to break the law and refill the contacts without valid confirmation. I can tell you the patient will blame the doctor because their name is on the prescription. Help us hold these second parties accountable for breaking the law and putting our patients vision at risk.