16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #03846

Submission Number:
03846
Commenter:
Matthew Biedron
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Chairwoman Ramirez, I am one of the 44 million contact lens wearers in the United States, and I am writing to express my concern about the aggressive marketing tactics used by online retailers that put profit before patient safety. It is important to have choice about where to buy contact lenses; I support the right of consumers to take their prescription wherever they wish. However, I am quite concerned that under the existing law, the patient-doctor relationship is being undermined by the deceptive and fraudulent sales and marketing tactics of some (mostly online) sellers of contact lenses. When retailers contact patients like me within the last month of their prescription and encourage us to buy more lenses (emphasizing that we shouldn't go see an optometrist for another year), that puts my health and safety in jeopardy. Under the current law, the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act of 2003, there is nothing that would prevent resellers from doing this. I hope that you stand up for patients and consumers of contact lenses to protect patient safety and encourage the Federal Trade Commission to close this loophole. Matthew Biedron