16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
This comment is in regards to the Contact Lens Rule. Based on various corneal issues that I have seen in my 10 years of practice, including contact lens related edema secondary to contact lens overwear, bacterial keratitis secondary to overusing a contact lens or not replacing a lens "on time", and corneal ulcers secondary to an incorrect contact lens fit or material, it is imperative that contact lens wearing patients receive an annual exam to evaluate corneal health. Annual ocular exams provide the eye doctor the opportunity to monitor the corneal health and therefore prevent potential devastating blinding conditions. Contact lens material, base curve, and diameter are specific to each patient and it is impossible for a patient to know, without an evaluation, if a contact lens fits properly. The contact lenses are evaluated for centration, movement, and vision on the initial fit and follow up contact lens evaluations in addition to every year after. With the large amount of the population that wears contact lenses, if this yearly evaluation did not take place with specific lens parameters given, it would put the ocular health of each wearer at risk.