16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Contact lenses are a medical device, plain and simple. They can cause significant loss of sight if not fit correctly and worn according to manufacturer's guidelines. For ten years, I have given my patients a legal copy of their contact lens prescription, have filled the proper information out when requested from outside ordering sources. Many times, patients have tried to fill an expired prescription that we have politely and within the allotted time period allowed by the FCLCA to notify the outside seller of expiration, only to find out the patient received their lenses before the notification was sent from the outside seller. Try filling an expired prescription for a narcotic at the pharmacy. My patients deserve to be protected, not only from predatory companies who look at them as literally another dollar in the pocket. I care about my patients ocular health, well-being and visual longevity. I frequently remind my patients of the proper replacement schedule and the proper habits in order to have good safe wear. Even in light of this, in the past month, I have had seven patients with contact lens induced inflammation, over-wear and other various events. One patient had a central ulcer and will more than likely have long-term reduction in vision. I can't buy a hip replacement device from any online vendor that I want, and my orthopedic surgeon certainly does not have to burden himself or his staff having to give me a prescription for said device and signed notification that I received the prescription and that I have options to buy from other vendors. This legislation is cumbersome to doctors, their staff and ultimately does absolutely nothing to help the population at all. Please reconsider his rule. It is the absolute wrong way to help make contacts safer for my patients.