16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
My name is Cameron Jones and I am an OD that practices in Arlington Virginia. I am against the proposed FTC rule that would require you to obtain a statement from your patients that you have provided their prescription. I am compliant with the current rule of providing a contact lens prescription at the end of my patient's exam at their request. This new rule would be a burden on optometry practices across the country. As a doctor, I feel the ocular health of my patient is at risk with this new proposal. Too many times online sellers of contacts will approve a contact lens prescription that is expired. The patient gets their year supply and we lose our relationship with our patients for another year. As a result the patient is jeopardizing their vision and health. In addition, it makes very little sense to keep this newly proposed statement on file for 3 years. Patients are required to have their eyes checked annually to ensure their contact lenses are not causing harmful complications. I urge the FTC to instead investigate and reform the self-seeking online contact lens sellers. For too long they have risked the health of our patients with their unethical practices.