16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #03683

Submission Number:
03683
Commenter:
Michelle Martinez
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As a practicing doctor of optometry for the last fourteen years, I comply with the Fairness of Contact Lens Consumer Act and provide all contact lens prescriptions at the end of my contact lens (CLs) fittings. I oppose the new FTC proposal that requires contact lens wearing patients to sign any paperwork that states they have received a CLs prescription and have the right to buy CLs from any seller. My patients are very resourceful with budget awareness that any decision regarding CLs purchases is autonomous. The proof of this is the numerous CLs signatures that we sign off on all the internet CLs verifications for purchases that we sign every day. Should we start to adopt this proposal to all patient pharmaceutical products too? Do we also implement a formal acknowledgement from our patients when we prescribe medications or do patients also need to know that they can buy from any pharmacies? I oppose this proposal because of the added new administration costs it will incur on small business owners as myself. I have worked hard to gain my patients' trust and this proposal reinforces mistrust in our doctor-patient relationships. This proposal would take away valuable time the doctor could be having educating out patient about their eyes. I would like for the FTC to understand that as a member of the American Optometric Association that doctors must fulfill a required ethical responsibility course each year in order to renew our licensure. Happy patients are patients who receive what they want and shop where they want. Thank you for your time, Dr. Martinez