FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
I have been trying to think of another industry in our country where we have regulated for them to advertise for their competitors at a cost to themselves. Seems like a very anti-capitalistic thing to do. You are essentially allowing a business who has found it hard to compete, despite already skirting the current rules, the ability to change the laws to reduce its competition. Pretty bad precedent to set. This will not only be bad for contact lens wearers going forward, but every other industry will now use this concept to regulate away their competition. Getting rid of competition is never good for the consumer. The proposed change requiring a doctor to obtain a signature from a patient telling them they don't have to buy their lenses from them is a very burdensome, inefficient, costly, and unneeded measure. I find it unfathomable that a consumer in the year 2018 doesn't understand they always have a choice in how to make a purchase. They have already made a choice to come to our office for their exam over the other offices in our geographic area. Please use common sense when you consider changing this rule and always put the patient first when it comes to a medical device.