16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act needs to be amended to make it mandatory that all doctors write a 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. Contact lens retailers must be stopped from aggressive and unethical marketing campaigns (i.e. calling patients one week before their contact lens prescription expires and trying to sell them a second year's supply of contact lenses). This deceptive practice confuses patients into thinking that they do not need annual eye health exams. As an optometrist, I have seen numerous cases of contact lens-related infections, corneal edema, and other adverse events caused by patients avoiding regular eye care. Many online contact lens retailers enable (and encourage) patients to avoid regular eye exams by their sales and marketing tactics. I do feel that consumers should have the right to purchase their contact lenses from whichever retailer they prefer. However, online retailers should be held to the same standards as brick and mortar retailers and doctor's offices.