16 CFR Part 456 ; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule): FTC Project No. R511996
As a licensed optician in the state of GA, I am horrified to see this effort to further distance medical care from those who need it. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that is more important than a person's vision. In 18 years I have seen countless patients suffer from horrible headaches from incorrect pupillary measurements and complications due to having an inappropriate match between the frame fit and the prescription requirements. I have seen patient after patient come in with absolutely unusable eyewear bought on the internet. There is much, much more to it than a measurement. There are MULTIPLE measurements, pupillary distance, optical center, vertex distance, segment height and proper material. The Fairness to Consumers Act for sale of Contact Lenses is a perfect example of how an attempt to even the playing field has hurt society in an unexpected way. In the last 4 years the law has simply become an excuse to sell prescription contact lenses when there is no prescription. Having been involved in a growing practice I have seen patients over and over again with horrible infections from wearing lenses from expired prescriptions for literally years after the expiration date. Feedback from patients is that they can order contact lenses online with no prescription, so they didn't want to pay for a health exam of their eyes. This is serious enough that the patient may not ever be able to wear contact lenses again, and many have even lost their sight completely. If anything, the current laws need to be enforced and more restrictive than they currently are. Be thankful you can read this. There is no guarantee you will be able to in the future. Invest in yourself, invest in vision.