16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I am a practicing optometrist writing this comment in support of the contact lens rule. The power of this rule is found in the fact that it requires the medical expertise of an eye specialist to prevent ill fitting contact lenses that can lead to preventable damage to the surface of the eye, many times so severe that it can cause irreversible loss of vision. Contact lenses have had many advances to improve the fit and quality on the human eye. However, because of the close proximity to a delicate structure of the body, it would not be safe to forego monitoring at mandated, reasonable, regular intervals. Although contact lenses can be viewed as a cosmetic device, it is much the same as braces, medical grade skin creams, etc. that need to be monitored by the appropriate health care professional to keep a watchful eye on conditions that the patient may not notice until the damage is already done. As a healthcare provider, I took an oath upon incurring my degree to always do no harm and keep the care of the patient at the center of all medical decisions. I whole-heartedly took that oath and I am determined to keep that promise I made by commenting and supporting this rule.