16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Contact lens over use is the leading cause of ocular infections in contact lens wearers. Patients come in with redness, discharge and pain. Some report wearing schedules of over 30 days consecutively without cleansing. These patients over time suffer from corneal neovascularization and eventually some are not able to wear contact lenses and others that are more unfortunate will have infections so aggressive that enucleation of the globe is the only way to stop the infection from spreading into the brain. Although it is cosmetic, contact lenses are considered medical devices that requires close monitoring at least with once a year annual exam along with the proper recommendations based on patient's wearing preferences. Contact lens suppliers should not be allowed to choose the brand for patients because they do not take into account patient's medical history and lifestyle preferences. We want to preserve vision and health of our patients eyes and monitoring contact lens usage is the best way to ensure they can use these devices throughout their lifetime.