16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00660

Submission Number:
00660
Commenter:
Kelly Shallwani
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Contact lenses though used as an aide are highly dangerous when unregulated. This is because its porous moist nature can be infected with bacteria, fungus and other foreign bodies. If slept overnight in (even if the contacts have been approved to be slept in) the contacts become the ultimate petri dish due to the low oxygen, watery and dirty environment the eyes become overnight. Contacts expire. If worn past the time they should be thrown away, the protein build up from the environment and the eyes makes the contact a dirty bandage. Once again this dirty, lack of oxygen, moist material is perfect for bacterial, fungal, and viral growth. People abuse contacts all the time. I have to educate my patients constantly on proper contact lens hygiene due to their infections from overwear and improper care of the contacts. The public is uneducated about proper eye hygiene and blindness related to contact lenses. Contacts MUST be regulated by a provider at least every year for a patient. Not only is it important for the provider to ensure proper usage of the contact but also to make sure the patient isn't getting any diseases caused by the contact. Any disease caused by contacts is sight-threatening, in other words blindness. Contacts MUST be regulated by a provider at least every year to also ensure the fit of the contact is not harming the corneal surface on which it lays. The front surface of the eye makes a new layer every 24 hours. Its important to make sure that over time the contact lenses don't inhibit or disturb the regeneration of the corneal or cause scarring to the cornea. Both of these scenarios cause blindess. I urge you to be the protector of the public by regulating the distribution of contacts. I urge you to continue to make the contact lense fitting yearly a law and that each prescription for contacts be ONLY valid for ONE year and not more. Thank you Kelly Shallwani OD