16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I have been practicing optometry for over 20 years. My concern has alway been to best take care of my patient's ocular health and their visual needs. I have no problems providing a valid prescription once the contact lens prescription has been finalized. More times than I care to remember, patients return with lenses that they were not prescribed or ever fit with and were ordered online. My staff respond in timely manner to all online retailer's requests for prescription verification. But due to legislation that have made this process of patient ordering whatever may be the least expensive or whatever they choose has made it difficult to care of my patients. Patient's have returned with corneal ulcers that are visually devastating as well corneal neo-vascular changes due to poor fitting lenses. Contact lenses are evaluated and prescribed. How is this different from allowing patients to order whatever prescription medication they want online? I urge you to consider the harmful ramifications regarding patient's ocular health.