FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Commissioners, I am writing in opposition to the proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. Having been in the eye care trenches for 25 years, I can say with absolute confidence that the proposed changes are unnecessary and misguided. In my career, I have never seen a problem with optometrists or ophthalmologists doing something nefarious with contact lens prescriptions that would warrant placing an expensive burden on them. I have, however, needed to medically treat many hundreds of patients who were victims of unscrupulous internet lens sellers. For years these online businesses have be providing the public with incorrect prescriptions, contact lenses when there was a medical necessity for the patient to stop wearing contact lenses, defective lenses, lenses that were beyond their expiration date, etc., etc. These online businesses operate with no consequences for this illegal behavior. The result is that inexpensive routine eye care becomes an expensive medical problem. Please have faith in the integrity of the doctorate-level providers of eye care in this country and do something about the unchecked abuses of the online contact lens re-sellers. Thank you, Martin Theobald, O.D.