16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Dear Chairwoman Ramirez: I am a practicing doctor of optometry and I strongly oppose the new FTC proposal to require all contact lens wearing patients sign an acknowledgement of receipt of a contact lens prescription, and to keep it on file for 3 years. Patients won't benefit from this. This is simply another hoop for them to jump through - as if they don't have enough forms to fill out and data to enter into our healthcare system. This is also burdensome to doctors and staff. We have countless amounts of data to record and upload to insurance companies and electronic health records. It takes even more time away from the doctor-patient encounter and yields no health benefit. It also makes the assumption that doctors are not complying with current law in releasing prescription. Please consider my and other arguments against this proposal, and don't saddle us or our patients with another form to fill out and maintain. Don't let the actions of the few make things much more difficult for the vast majority of the law abiding eye doctors. Thank you. Paul E. Neiheiser, O.D.