16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As a optometrist, it is crucial for contact lenses to be properly fit for many reasons. Since contact lenses sit on the cornea, a proper fit insures that optimal vision is achieved with contacts. Although a patient has one final prescription. Each brand and its own unique parameters can alter the vision that can be achieved through contacts. The shape of the cornea can change from year to year, especially among patients that have keratoconus. Without properly examining patients on an annual basis, patients may wear contact lens that provide less than ideal vision and also harm their eyes by wearing contacts that do not provide adequate oxygen to the eye. This can result in serious conditions such as newly growth supply of blood vessels to compensate for poor oxygen supply called neovascularization. These are just some examples of why contacts need to be fitted properly. Giving the responsibility and right to 1-800-Contacts whose main objective is profit to act in patient's best interest will result in sub optimal care and undermines the optometrist's role in providing professional recommendations based on many years of education and training. An analogy would be, do you want your primary physcian to prescribe a certain antibiotic for your stomach infection and then a businessman online substituing it for another antibiotic of their choice? If there are further questions, I can be contacted.