16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I have met many people who have told me they purchase colored contact lenses without a prescription from local Mexican stores, beauty shops, and from the internet. When I have asked these individuals what brand of contact lens cleaner they use to disinfect their lenses, I have never had one know the answer. Most say, "whatever is the cheapest at the store." Some say, "I don't have to clean them; I just sleep in them and put them in water when they start to hurt to let my eyes rest." This increases the risk of bacterial ulcers, acanthamoeba keratitis, giant papillary conjunctivitis, corneal neovascularization, and other potentially blinding conditions significantly. I am very disappointed that our country does not have better laws in place and ways to enforce these laws to prevent life altering diseases. We have seat belt laws, texting and drinking while driving laws, and we write tickets and restrict driving privileges when these laws are broken, all in the name of safety. Can we improve the safety of our greatest sense: the sense of sight?