16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I think most of us in eyecare do not have an issue with releasing a patient's contact lens prescription. I think it is in error to force doctors to inform patients that they can buy lenses elsewhere for several reasons: 1) What purpose does this serve to better the patients ocular care as study after study has shown that lens overwear is the leading cause of contact lens related issues and complications and people who buy online especially are at the highest risk of this 2)What other profession is required to inform a person they can use a business other than theirs? People can take personal responsibility. 3) Who is best served by this requirement? It does not change a patient's freedom; they already can take their Rx elsewhere. All it does is benefit online vendors that do not care to watch out for the patient's eye care and health but instead the bottom dollar. Why does this law or any law not require the online vendors to inform people that buying contacts is not an eye health exam and they need to see their eye doctor due to the risk that contact lens overwear poses to their eyes? The reason is this is a big business special interest power grab under the guise of "pateint freedom." 4) This law will increase health care spending and costs are contact lens fitting cost will go up by doctor to offset lost revenue from materials. No patient is made more free by this, eye care is burdened by it, and patient ocular health (as shown time and time again in research studies) will be harmed by it.