16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Dear FTC: As a contact lens consumer, I support the FTC's proposal to require optometrists to obtain a signed acknowledgement from consumers when providing a prescription. This requirement will help to ensure that optometrists release prescriptions to consumers as required by law. In the past the resistance of optometrists to provide my prescriptions has cost 2x the price by restriction of consumer choice. Too many optometrists fail to release prescriptions in the hopes of capturing contact lens sales for themselves and increasing their own profits at the expense of consumers like me. This has led to an increase of almost 150% over market competition. Consumers deserve the right to decide for ourselves where to buy our contact lenses, whether online, from a store, or over the phone.The restriction of that choice by some optometrists is alien and offensive to a capitalist economic systems. We have the right to choose. This requirement would add only a minimal paperwork burden on optometrists, but it could have a major impact on protecting the rights of consumers. It will also help keep prices low, which is important to my family. The FTC should move to adopt this new requirement as soon as possible, and I recommend action for the consumer and our capitalist economic system.