FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Regarding: Contact Lens Rule, 16 CFR part 315, Comment, Project No. R511995. As an optometrist in private practice, I object to the proposed rule requiring that patients sign yet another form, this time acknowledging they have received a copy of their contact lens prescription and requiring that I keep a copy for 3 years. The paperwork burden is becoming ridiculous. Between the HIPAA acknowledgement form, the Assignment of Benefits form, the consent or refusal to be dilated form, and the consent for additional tests, patient's do not have time to even read what they are signing. To ask them to read and sign yet another form as they are trying to leave the office and get on with their day is as much a burden to the patient as to the doctor and staff. I always give my patients a copy of their contact lens prescription at the conclusion of the fitting.