16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00605

Submission Number:
00605
Commenter:
Matthew Scott
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
My major concern with the Contact Lens Rule is the lack of a positive verification of the contact lens prescription before contacts are sold. This month I have seen a patient who, although she has not had an eye exam or a valid contact lens prescription since April 2012, has been ordering herself contact lenses from an online distributor. In fact her prescription, which was valid for one year, was written for a brand and prescription different than what she has been ordering. Now, she has corneal neovascularization with vessels growing about 5 mm into her corneas. This most generally occurs when a person over wears soft contacts, especially contacts that don't allow much oxygen through the lens to the eye. In her case she has been able to buy, again without a valid prescription, color contact that allow very little oxygen through, making her condition worse. I have also scheduled her with a corneal specialist because now she has developed advanced keratoconus. Again, please consider the need for positive verification of the contact lens prescription before contacts can be sold. With the prescription in hand before the contacts are sold, the seller is assured that the patient has had the contacts evaluated and that they will be appropriate for the patient to wear. Thank you for your consideration, Matthew L. Scott, OD