16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Patients are routinely able to acquire contact lenses without prescriptions from many sources, especially through online and telephone sources. Contact lenses are a medical device, and need to be monitored by a professional. Current rules such as having the contact lenses sent to the patient if a prescriber does not verify the Rx within 8 business hours have been abused by patients and suppliers alike, as they call or fax at times that they estimate the practitioner is not open for business, and use fax numbers for practices that are no longer active. This is not how the practice was intended, and not how the rest of the medical prescriptions are sold in this country, but the sales of a product that could potentially cause vision damage are in many situations uncontrolled. This needs to change to having a written Rx required to be allowed to purchase contact lenses.