16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As an eye care professional seeing patients on a full-time basis with a strong contact lens patient base, I am in strong support of verifying a patient's prescription each year with a comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting. There have been countless times when I saw patients come in for their routine exam and contact lens fitting and they state that their eyes feel fine when they come in and state that they just need a contact lens prescription renewal. However, upon examination of their eyes, they have infiltrates causing a decrease in visual acuity, moderate to severe superficial punctate keratitis, and giant papillary conjunctivitis. There are times when they are symptomatic but there are also many times they may come in without any complaints in decrease in vision nor ocular irritations. If we did not check the health of their eyes or switch their brand of contact lens or change the base curve of their current contact lenses, the condition could have developed into more serious complications, such as serious bacterial infections, inflammations of the cornea, loss of vision, or intolerance to contact lens wear for a long time. The patients for whom we did end up treating or switching the brand of contact lens were always thankful that their condition were treated before it led to something more serious. I see contact lenses as a medical device that should not be taken lightly. It can have serious impacts on a patient's eye health. It is not the same as just buying any glasses in a store.