16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #03991

Submission Number:
03991
Commenter:
Marisa Robles
State:
California
Initiative Name:
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. I provide care for many contact lens wearing patients. As a doctor, I pride myself on treating my patients with the utmost care. My patients health and well being is the most important thing in my practice. As such I comply with the requirements of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act and corresponding Contact Lens Rules by providing copies of contact lens prescriptions at the end of the contact lens fitting process. I oppose the new FTC proposal to require all contact lens wearing patients sign an acknowledgement places an undue burden on my practice and undermines the doctor-patient relationship. I do not see how this requirement will protect my patients or their eyes. The resources that would allocated to the monitoring compliance with this law would be better served monitoring the unscrupulous business practices of online contact lens sellers. I feel as if my patients would be better served by not being able to obtain contacts with an expired prescription. I have had numerous patients present to me with complications for contact lens misuse that did not realize they were victim to the predatory sales practices of online companies. I have had many patients receive lenses that I did not authorize present with corneal ulcers and other problems, all the while not realizing I had declined the changes made to their prescriptions. I respectfully request that the Commission look at the costly impact of this burdensome proposal and, in doing so give careful consideration to how it will harm tens of thousand of small and mid-sized eye care practices in communities across our country and serve as the basis for an utterly false and hostil presumption for my patients. Sincerely, Marisa Robles, OD