16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00658

Submission Number:
00658
Commenter:
Rajat Shetty
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
To the ladies and gentlemen who are reviewing thhe contact lens act, Please understand that altering this act will bring to jeopardy every contact lens patient throughout the country. The regulation of yearly checkups is vital to a patients ocular health. A contact lens is a medical device embedded in one of the most sensitive and vulnerable aspects of the human anatomy and can have severe consequences if not properly monitored. The cost of healthcare will be vastly increased if pts neglect their visits for procedures such as corneal grafts and transplants. The vast majority of my patients who come in for corneal infections stems from contact lens abuse such as staying in lenses well beyond its wear time and never returning for an annual which would have allowed me to treat the condition in its infancy. As we would never allow a patients to continue medication without a regular checkup to assess its affect on a patients well being, same standards should exist for contacts. Contacts are also a complex device that we have taken years to utilize and troubleshoot. If we have no say in which to fit, then we are not providing the patient with proper care. Each has a specific purpose and we have to modify the parameters or else the pt suffers the consequences. You effectively remove our ability to provide sight while maintaining ocular homeostasis. The eyes are a completely unique sensory organ that if left to the patient, may down the line create havic to them and also the taxpayers who would have to cover the bill . Studies have shown prevention and regular examinations help avoid diseases from taking sight from a patient which in turn saves millions in healthcare costs. We are the forefront to this prevention and to tie our hands will be detrimental to all those who work hard to give the benefit of sight through this device, to the patients who use them and the American people who would pay for the healthcare of future procedures if we leave patients alone for years. The only benefit would be the people who have no knowledge of the patients eyescare and don't seem to have a concern to the harmful effects changing this act can cause. Thank you for you time. Sincerely, Rajat Shetty OD