16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
To Whom it May Concern, As a member of the eye care community I am writing to ammend The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act to make it mandatory that all doctors write a 'defined and specific MAXIMUM QUANTITY of contact lenses' for which the prescription can be filled, similar to the maximum quantity of pills for which an oral drug prescription must be written. This is for patients eye-health protection and to ensure that their eye health is being monitored on an annual basis. I have experienced countless patient encounters where they have been able to purchase more contacts lenses online than were specified and there were health issues that should have been addressed earlier. In addition, there are several health reasons that contact lens prescriptions must remain "branded." Different manufacturers and materials offer different health benefits for our patients and they are NOT all created equal. I liken this to a primary care physician prescribing an particular antibiotic for MRSA infection, and with patient selecting an ineffective drug based on price and becoming more ill during the process. Eye care providers know what is best for the health of their patients. Please allow us to do our jobs by providing our patients the best care, free from the commoditization and bureaucracy of large manufacturers.