FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule #2866

Submission Number:
2866
Commenter:
Paul Westfall
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State:
New York
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FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
To the Federal Trade Commission: The new Contact Lens Rule proposal is entirely unnecessary and will create a significant burden for optometrists and ophthalmologists. Every patient entering a healthcare practice must already fill out a significant amount of paperwork to be compliant with existing healthcare regulations. The Contact Lens Rule proposal is being driven by entities solely interested in commercial gain. As a practitioner, I believe your efforts are better focused on forcing the commercial entities such as 1800-contacts to be more concerned about the well-being of their customers. We routinely receive requests for contact lens prescription authorizations from patients who haven't had eye exams in years, or may not even be patients in our practice. Yet, if we do not respond to these requests within 8 hours, a patient may receive a supply of contacts that were not from their original prescription and may have never been valid. I'd like to emphasize again that this proposal will only serve commercial interests, place unnecessary burden on doctor and patient, and will have a zero benefit for patients. Thank you for your attention. Sincerely, Paul J. Westfall, OD