16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I am an optometrist who provides care at a large University hospital. At any given time there is at least 1 patient under our department's care for sight threatening contact lens related complications and infections. Considerable time, resources and money must be invested to care for these patients. At our facility many patients are either uninsured or on a government sponsored insurance. These contact lens related complications result in increased tax payer cost. For example, last week an incarcerated patient developed a contact lens related corneal infection so severe that she had to be hospitalized. When prescribing lenses I take time to educate my patient on proper contact lens hygiene and select lens wear schedules that provide the lowest risk for contact lens complications. Patient safety must trump convenience. Contact lenses are medical devices and must continue to be treated as such.