16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Federal Trade Commission Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex C) Washington, DC 20024 Dear Chairwoman Ramirez, As a doctor of optometry, my primary concern is to address the eye care needs of my patients. My staff and I strive to provide a great experience for our patients. If I thought that receiving and maintaining a signed acknowledgement from every contact lens patient would, in any way, lead to better care, I would certainly be on board with the idea. However, I see this mandate of signed acknowledgements as a wasteful burden. We are already required to have patients sign so many acknowledgements regarding mandated privacy policies and mandated insurance policies that adding more will certainly create a less favorable experience in the office and will not lead to any sort of meaningful improvement in their care. It will, however, lead to a waste of paper and of time. My patients and I are already aware of their options when it comes to purchasing their contact lenses. I do not see any benefit to my patients whatsoever from having them sign one more piece of paper before leaving the office. Respectfully, Somer Lyons, O.D.