16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
An amendment to The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act needs to be made such that it be mandatory for all doctors to 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 the protection of the patients eye health. In addition, contact lens resellers must be stopped from their aggressive and unethical marketing campaigns to call patients one week before their contact lens prescription expires, in order to sell them a second years supply of contact lenses and thereby profit at the risk of the consumer. These companies are fully aware that the patient is due for their annual eye health exam, and yet, they use a loophole in the system in order to profit. This deceptive practice confuses patients into thinking that they do not need annual eyecare, when contact lenses are a medical device that can increase the risk of sight-threatening ocular infections and can cause permanent damage if not worn properly. Also, contact lens resellers should be forced to stop selling more than a one year's supply if a doctor writes "one year's supply maximum prescribed" on the written prescription. Contact lens prescription authorizations from online resellers should need to be approved by the doctor prior to the completion of the online purchase of contact lenses, not after the purchase has been made. Thank you.