16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Just last week I had a patient present to our office with a large central corneal ulcer that not only is causing pain and suffering in the acute phase, it will without a doubt cause permanent vision loss due to scarring. This was due to contact lens overwear. While I did not get into the details of from whom, how etc...with the patient, as my job is to heal and assist in this problem, I feel that acquisition of contact lenses for several years without supervision and unaware of risks of overwear may have prevented the problem. The FTC proposition to add more paperwork to practicioners that have the patients' best interest in their health and vision is misguided. The FTC already has guidelines to allow for consumer rights. My office, and I am confident the vast majority do, have the health of the patient at the forefront, not the minimal financial gain that sales provide. Bottom line, we primarily provide lens sales services through our office to ensure accuracy and protect the health/wellfare of the patient NOT for financial incentives. I do not think online retailers have the same interests at the core of their business. Contact lenses are medical devices that are regulated by the FDA and complications lead to damage to a sense organ (the eye/vision) leading to devastating consequences. Period.