FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Dear FTC Commissioners: The proposed change to the Contact Lens Rule should not be implemented because it does not enhance patient safety. The change would have the opposite effect. The proposal would allow retailers to circumvent safety factors regarding prescription verification reqiurements, illegal lens substitutions and excessives quantity limits. I am a Doctor of Optometry with over 25 years experience. Please allow me to remind you that contact lenses are true medical devices and must not be treated as a retail commodity. Since I am on the frontline in eyecare, I treat far too many serious eye infections that carry the risk of permanent vision loss. Many of these are directly related to failure in following contact lens safety protocols. I vehemently request that you do not implement your proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule because of the adverse effect it will on the ocular health of patients. Sincerely, Jerd W. Poston, O.D.