16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
FTC, This contact lens rule does nothing to help our patients. It is not healthy or safe to allow our patients to dictate the need for an eye exam to get contact lenses. Patients do not understand the dangers of not having an eye exam. I worked in a clinic where we had a patient who against doctor's orders wore his contacts in a foreign country where they had no clean water. He was in that country for two years and, when he came home, he felt like his vision was off. When he came in, the doctor found that an acanthamoeba had eaten away at his cornea. His vision will never be the same. This story shows that patients who are not educated on the need for taking care of their eyes. It also shows the importance of patients getting regular eye exams by someone who has the training to prescribe the medical devices we call contact lenses. Now, I understand that this is not the situation with every patient, but the fact that it can happen is reason enough to make sure that something like an acanthamoeba will not happen again. We do not give eye exams catering to the best case scenario. Instead, we try to focus on any problem that might cause the patient discomfort or damage the patient's vision or eye health. Thus, they need to see eye doctors once a year for a routine eye health and vision exam.